Favourite Five Recent Releases

Five of the best albums from the recent postings at Elsewhere. Music too good to let slide into the archives. The Elsewhere place if you're looking for a quick fix.

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BILL FAY, CONSIDERED (2020): A calm balm for these hard times

20 Jan 2020  |  4 min read  |  1

Everywhere is madness, disaster and chaos. The young feel on the precipice of the climate apocalypse as rivers dry and oceans rise, the land burns and the air chokes. If you read anything about current politics you can confidently say that yes, anyone can aspire to be the president of the United States. If this vile, bullying, lying, dangerous and psychopathic buffoon can get there,... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Pale Saints: The Comforts of Madness (4AD 30thAnniversary Edition)

19 Jan 2020  |  2 min read

Although not exclusively the “shoegaze” band they have been tagged as, Britain's alt.rockers Pale Saints could hopefully get some traction for this expanded, 30thanniversary reissue of their debut album, because it seems shoegaze is currently enjoying a resurgence. Maybe this terrific compilation of shoegaze from a few years ago has lead to the renewed interest, and it contained... > Read more

Sight of You

Algiers: There is No Year (Matador/digital outlets)

17 Jan 2020  |  1 min read

The previous two albums by this sometimes incendiary, political, four-piece soul rock-cum-punk experimentalists out of Georgia made Elsewhere sit up and listen for the powerful sonic punch coupled with direct social and historic comment. Of their self-titled debut we simply concluded “extraordinary” and of The Underside of Power we said “although they are not an easy... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Corea/McBride/Blade: Trilogy 2 (Concord/Southbound)

11 Jan 2020  |  1 min read

Although Elsewhere unashamedly indulges in free jazz (and has written about some of its more obscure corners here), there is something satisfying, reassuring and comfortable about hearing some of the idiom's finest practitioners playing off each other in a small acoustic setting, often on standards which get reinvented in that instant between thought and expression. That is why we will... > Read more


Lee Scratch Perry: Heavy Rain (On U Sound through Border)

8 Dec 2019  |  <1 min read

If the renegade Perry's Rainford album of earlier this year – produced by Adrian Sherwood – seemed to signal some final statement from the dub master then it was yet another piece of misdirection. Because he has just released another album (the dub-heavy Life of Plants) and now this, a reworking of Rainford material and other snippets and... > Read more