Favourite Five Recently Reviewed CDs

Five of the best albums from the recent postings at New Music From Elsewhere. Music too good to let slide into the archives. The Elsewhere place if you are looking for a quick fix of great and interesting albums.

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Penguin Café: The Imperfect Sea (Erased Tapes/Southbound)

12 May 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

The former Penguin Café Orchestra under the baton of the late Simon Jeffes were never for just anyone, they were for everyone. Their string minimalism and quirkiness (try the odd Telephone and Rubber Band from their self-titled second album in  ’81) found them labelled as classical, avant-garde, indie.folk, ambient . . . Jeffes – who died in ‘97 -- even... > Read more

Ricercar

Fazerdaze: Morningside (Flying Nun)

5 May 2017  |  2 min read

There’s a gentle and typically thoughtful pop song Take It Slow at the midpoint of this excellent debut album. In it Auckland singer-writer Amelia Murray (aka Fazerdaze) sings, “It seems so far already, seems so far to go, I don’t know if I’m ready . . . I’ll take it slow”. It could be a song about reticent commitment in a relationship but anyone... > Read more

Take It Slow

David Dallas: Hood Country Club (Universal)

25 Apr 2017  |  1 min read

Davis Dallas is one of the most important artists in contemporary New Zealand because he broadcasts from a deep culture and articulates important ideas from within it. His song Southside (with Mareko and Sid Diamond) from his last album Falling Into Place four years ago title is essential listening and a voice that demands to be heard. This time out on his... > Read more

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Yasmine Hamdan: Al Jamilat (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

19 Apr 2017  |  <1 min read

Those who missed the excellent debut Ya Nass by this Lebanon-born singer-songwriter might have caught her as the bar singer in Jim Jarmusch's studied Only Lovers Left Alive movie. On this second album she again works the line between electronica, Arabic pop ballads, edgy and cinematic soundscapes and a smattering of indie rock (Steve Shelley among the guests). With her background... > Read more

Choubi

Tamikrest: Kidal (Glitterbeat/Southbound)

4 Apr 2017  |  1 min read

Where the first wave of Sahara blues/desert blues musicians who emerged over a decade ago – notably the bands Etran Finatawa and Tinariwen – seemed to have come to their distinctive sound on their own (elements of what we might describe as psychedelic blues and drone), the second generation grew up knowing Western rock music. So Terakaft (which included former members of... > Read more

Ehad Wad Nadorhan/That Night