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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Elvis Costello: Hello Clockface (Concord/digital outlets)

12 Nov 2020  |  1 min read  |  1

So how does Elvis Costello, now umpteen albums into his career – which has embraced phlegmatic New Wave post-punk, country music, folk-rock, work with the Brodsky Quartet, Allen Toussaint and Burt Bacharach, the Wise Up Ghost revisions with the Roots and more – keep himself, and just as importantly us, interested? By opening this 31ststudio album with a mournful Middle Eastern... > Read more

Oneohtrix Point Never: Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (Warp/Border)

7 Nov 2020  |  1 min read

New York-based producer/musician Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) uses sounds as a collage artist might put together postcards, newspaper strips, found objects and snapshots. His musical breadth over his previous 10 albums has run from lush orchestrated work to blip'n'glitch electronica, weaves of evocative soundtracks, soundbites of voices and so much more.... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Reb Fountain: Reb Fountain (Flying Nun/digital outlets)

29 Oct 2020  |  1 min read  |  1

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one . . . .  Anyone who has paid attention to the remarkable career of Reb Fountain would not be surprised by this album which isn't – as some seem to be reading it – a major departure for her. The opening lines on the first song Hawks and Doves (which fades in,... > Read more

Don't You Know Who I Am

RECOMMENDED RECORD: The Phoenix Foundation: Friend Ship (Universal/digital outlets)

19 Oct 2020  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one . . . .   “Five years have past; five summers with the length of five long winters! And again I hear” . . . the beguiling and welcome sound of Phoenix Foundation with their soft murmur. In the five years since GUYD (Give Up Your Dreams), the various members of this... > Read more

GRAEME JEFFERIES, THE SELECTED BACK-CATALOGUE REVISITED (2020): You know we really like his style

18 Sep 2020  |  5 min read

Some time between Elsewhere reviewing his latest album as The Cakekitchen, Trouble in this Town Again and him ending up in hospital with a broken collar bone, Graeme Jefferies kindly sent Elsewhere four of his Cakekitchen releases from the early 2000s. None of these were readily available in New Zealand and they were recorded in Germany when he... > Read more