Music at Elsewhere

These pages - sometimes with sample tracks and videos posted - introduce and review music which may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed. Subscribers to Elsewhere (free, here) receive a weekly e-newsletter with updates on what's new at the ever-expanding site.  Elsewhere: an equal opportunity enjoyer. So enjoy.

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Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run, Underdubbed (digital outlets)

19 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

Band on the Run is widely accepted as McCartney best post-Beatles album, but it was born our of adversity. The ground had been prepared by the excellent if underrated Ram (a longtime Essential Elsewhere album which has grown in stature over time) and the lesser Red Rose Speedway, but on the eve of recording his next album two band members quit just before they were due to leave for sessions... > Read more

No Words

Ravenhall: Brother (digital outlets)

17 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

The folk-rock duo of Joe Ravenhall and Chris Brebner appeared at Elsewhere previously with their Live at Breb's Bar last year. Impressive songwriters, expressive singers – we'd put them in the Don Walker/Jimmy Barnes axis but Bob Seger also comes to mind on the more assertive material – and storytellers, Ravenhall deserve more attention from mainstream radio than maybe they will... > Read more

The River

Idles: Tangk (digital outlets)

17 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

If the British five-piece Idles haven't previously crashed onto your pathway you might need a little warning: singer-writer Joe Talbot has been a troubled man so sings a troubled song. Sometimes he has roared them out as he has grappled with addiction, being a carer for his stroke-affected mother, living through Brexit and all the pressures of the 21st century which roll like a scroll of... > Read more

Grace

Future Islands: People Who Aren't There Anymore (digital outlets)

17 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

On this, their seventh album, Future Islands' frontman/writer Samuel T. Herring – also an actor – delivers every emotion as if it's on the surface of his skin as he immerses himself (and his audience) in the emotional fallout of a recent break-up. “I am waiting, I’m not breaking I lie, tell myself, 'it’s okay', when it's not quite” on The Tower;... > Read more

The Smile: Wall of Eyes (digital outlets)

12 Feb 2024  |  2 min read

Some bands are the vehicle for the songwriter: the Kinks, Jam, Pretenders, the Chills, Verlaines, Wilco, the Veils . . . A few are greater than the sum of their parts – Split Enz, Beatles, U2, Blondie, boygenius, Fat Freddy's Drop, Phoenix Foundation . . . The test of that is to see how well the members do as solo artists, like the Stones. Mick Jagger's solo albums always... > Read more

Melati ESP: adaptations (digital outlets)

5 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

Well, you don't come to Elsewhere for Beyonce and J-Lo, do you? So here's something closer to our mandate: a series of remixes of tracks from the Indonesian-born, New York-based electronica experimentalist Melati Malay's debut album of last year, hipernatural. She was part of the Asa Tone trio but her debut album (all in Indonesian) launched her as a solo artist. She's collaborated with... > Read more

Kupu Kupu Electronik (Kasimyn remix)

Sleater-Kinney: Little Rope (digital outlets)

5 Feb 2024  |  2 min read

Sleater-Kinney's album titles have always been interesting: 2019's The Center Won't Hold came from Yeats' The Second Coming and – given the album's background – the “little rope” here may refer to a rope of rescue, the gallows' rope, the rope that binds, constrains and tethers, or the one you might be at the end of? The one given to hang yourself? Since their... > Read more

Don't Feel Right

J Mascis: What Do We Do Now (digital outlets)

4 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

In 2002, J Mascis – of Dinosaur Jr – played an unforgettable solo show at Auckland's Galatos. Looking like “a slacker physics graduate” (our words in the review) he began with his melodic alt.pop and then suddenly hit a foot-pedal to unleash a howling gale of guitar squall in the manner of Neil Young with Crazy Horse. Young has been a key touchstone for Mascis'... > Read more

Set Me Down

Folly Group: Down There! (digital outlets)

4 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

As we noted many years ago when discussing in great detail The Strokes when they emerged -- and being rather cynical in the face of seeming unanimous acclaim -- sometimes we need to be cautious about why we fall for certain artists. As we observed, we suspected it was because the Strokes played right into the familiar for many older rock writers (rock'n'roll attitude, New York,... > Read more

Big Ground

Rosina and the Weavers: Hitching the Starlight Highway (digital outlets)

4 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

Out of Pukekohe, this five-piece might nominally be a rock band but with Rosina's flexible and often soulful vocals they have considerable reach and range beyond the genre, showcased on the slow opening title track. It's a decent enough song, but as an opening statement for a debut album it lacks lapel-grabbing attention on a collection which has more immediately compelling material later,... > Read more

Walking Song

Shed Seven: A Matter of Time (digital outlets)

19 Jan 2024  |  2 min read  |  1

It's been almost 30 years since Shed Seven arrived in the mainframe of Britpop with their energetic debut album Change Giver. Although it was their 1996 follow-up A Maximum High which was their most successful and accomplished outing, better capturing the zeitgeist and them as spiritual followers of both widescreen, uplifting Oasis and a powered-up Smiths. As we've mentioned previously,... > Read more

Throwaway ft Pete Doherty

The Afro-Semitic Experience: Our Feet Began to Pray (digital outlets)

19 Jan 2024  |  1 min read

Released to coincide with the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, January 15, this musical project of unity began in the Nineties when pianist Warren Byrd and bassist David Chevan hooked up to play in each other's bands. And from that the idea of exploring Jewish and African American traditions grew. Hence the Afro-Semitic Experience and a series of albums since which bring together soul,... > Read more

Eretz Zavat Chalav

Sundae Painters, Sundae Painters (digital outlets)

17 Jan 2024  |  2 min read

It's possible that in 2023 we reached peak Flying Nun & Associates. Flying Nun never really went away: witness Roger Shepherd's memoir In Love With These Times and the many young acts citing the Clean, Chills, Bats and so on as influences. But Matthew Goody's excellent Needles and Plastic's detailed look at Nun records from 1981-1989 (the bands, characters and the scene by... > Read more

Serious Eye

Betsy and the Reckless: Salty (digital outlets)

12 Jan 2024  |  <1 min read

They may not live up the rock'n'roll/rockabilly suggestion of their name but Taranaki's Betsy Knox and her band do a very appealing line in originals on this debut album which draws on soul, nightclub cabaret, not too much default reggae and a little jazzy swing. Released late last year and therefore lost in that “best of the year” mopping up period, Salty is damn fine calling... > Read more

Ghost

Tales from the Box: Ciel (digital outlets)

8 Jan 2024  |  <1 min read

Tales from the Box are cellist Stella Tempreli and accordion player Thanos Stavridis who across 11 tracks on this debut album – with some augmentation from guests on bass, drums, vibes and percussion in places – cover a wide swathe of original music by Stavridis (jaunty pastoral music, a lullaby, bossa nova, a jazzy spin off from My Favourite Things) to Ave Maria at the end.... > Read more

Um Tom Para Jobim

Various Artists/Grayson Gilmour: Holding Patterns, Remixes (Flying Nun/digital outlets)

22 Dec 2023  |  1 min read

Grayson Gilmour's recent album Holding Patterns was – for the most part – very well received Elsewhere but as with many contemporary artists (Unknown Mortal Orchestra's recent V a prime example) there was a tendency to shift ground frequently so promising ideas weren't always sustained or explored more. On Holding Patterns there was also the instrumental title track which we... > Read more

Adam Hattaway and the Haunters: Anthology 2018-2023

17 Dec 2023  |  <1 min read

Christchurch's Adam Hattaway and the Haunters have released six albums (one a double) of country rock and country-influenced rock'n'roll shaped into memorable originals. So they have fully earned this 16-song compilation. They explore country-soul, Seventies Rolling Stones, and much more, and over the years we have reviewed a number of their albums and consider their 2021 Woolston,... > Read more

Laut Fragen: Age of Angst (digital outlets)

16 Dec 2023  |  1 min read

Laut Fragen? They made polite contact but about whom we know little except this: they are the electro-postpunk duo of Maren Rahmann (vocals) and Didi Disko (electronics, guitar, voice) from Vienna. We conclude: they are very much in the manner of early Eighties post-punk experimentation with synths and discord/noise; create intelligently short sonic, downbeat punk landscapes (the cinematic... > Read more

Ausgang

ONE WE MISSED: Sampha: Lahai (Young/digital outlets)

11 Dec 2023  |  1 min read

Elsewhere was a bit underwhelmed by the 2017 debut album Process from Britain's rap-soul singer Sampha Sisay. But clearly we were out of step. It went on to win Britain's Mercury Prize. This follow-up which came out a few weeks ago seems to be have been a long time coming but we need to factor in Covid and the birth of his daughter Auri who he credits for the creation of this.... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Paul McLaney: As the North Attracts the Needle (AAA/digital outlets)

10 Dec 2023  |  1 min read  |  1

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this album originally released in October but now on record with an insert lyric sheet and a classy cover. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .  In an understated but relevant cover of his own design, this album finds  Paul McLaney returning to his... > Read more

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