Music at Elsewhere

These pages - with sample tracks and videos posted - introduce and review new music which may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed. Music from Elsewhere reviews new albums (and some important reissues) you'll play more than once at home or in the car, and will want to tell friends about.

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The Late Pages: Yellow and Grey (Ellamy)

10 Dec 2018  |  1 min read

Recorded by Louis Bernstone at his Ellamy Studios in Auckland (as was the recent Flaming Mudcats album) this searing album of 11 powerful power-pop, alt.rock and dynamic ballads all come from the pen of singer, guitarist and producer Andy Smith who formed the Late Pages seven years ago and has seen off an EP before this. So you get the sense there are, if not road miles then at least some... > Read more

Come and Go

DOG Power: DOG Power (Flying Nun)

10 Dec 2018  |  1 min read

No musician should ever be judged by their audience (although those Norwegian black metal bands did seem to attract “the wrong crowd” . . . for a reason, the bad fknbastards). And nor should musicians be held to press release or claims made in their PR. But you can't help but be diverted by the blurb sticker on the front of the vinyl release for this Christchurch-founded,... > Read more


Big Brother and the Holding Company: Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills (Sony)

6 Dec 2018  |  3 min read

Aside from the great Beth Hart – who played her in a theatre production – few women singers today have any of the grit, depth and soul-scouring style of Janis Joplin. And even fewer seem to aspire to that kind of rawness. Joplin's influence isn't evident in many corners of rock these days – heaven forbid but Jewel seems more influential – and you do wonder if it was... > Read more

I Need a Man to Love (take three)

Mel Parsons: Glass Heart (Cape Road/Border)

3 Dec 2018  |  2 min read

Singer-songwriter Mel Parsons has been written up and interviewed a number of times at Elsewhere but not for an album like this which is quite some leap into new and rewarding territory for her. And there are a number of related factors which account for that: the shift from her more folk style into darker country-rock and deeply personal – sometimes emotional open-heart surgery --... > Read more


Flea BITE: Bite Me (Border)

3 Dec 2018  |  <1 min read

And now something for our younger listeners. Or at least their parents or caregivers. Robin Nathan (aka Flea BITE) out of Wellington has been making children's music which has adult appeal for its musical and often lyrical cleverness. With Plan 9 (Janet Roddick, Stephen Roche and David Donaldson), Jeff Henderson and others this is a collection designed to amuse the young ones and... > Read more


ONE WE MISSED: Parquet Courts; Wide Awaaaaake! (Rough Trade/Rhythmethod)

30 Nov 2018  |  1 min read

This smart New York City outfit – transplanted from Texas – has a solid following here on the basis of a couple of shows but on album they have painted some pretty haphazard pictures and in some ways this doesn't reign in their catch-all tendencies. But with producer Danger Mouse on hand, some glistening songs like the classic dream-pop of Mardi Gras Beads, the pointed political... > Read more

Before the Water Gets Too High

Mark Knopfler: Down the Road Wherever (Universal)

26 Nov 2018  |  2 min read

Despite two fine albums (the self-titled debut and Making Movies. Other arguments on a postcard), there are those who will probably never forgive Mark Knopfler for Dire Straits: Too successful, sometimes too bland, the headband, Twisting by the Pool . . . But his solo career in recent years has been extremely impressive and albums like the highly recommended double Privateering of 2012... > Read more

When You Leave

Blair Jollands: 7 Blood (Glowb)

26 Nov 2018  |  2 min read

Elsewhere first encountered London-based expat and multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Blair Jollands in an odd Indian restaurant in Brick Lane in 2004. He was riding a measure of success having been nominated for an Emmy for his soundtrack work on the television series Shackleton which had got him a trip to Hollywood for the ceremony. "We got a limo to the show, didn't win and so got... > Read more

Not Enough

Josephine Foster: Faithful Fairy Harmony (Fire/Southbound)

25 Nov 2018  |  1 min read

Let us reiterate a point made about her previous album No More Lamps in the Morning, that Josephine Foster's voice and style is not for the casual listener. Really, it's not. She gets placed in the “folk” category but others will hear a strange take on front-parlour ballads from the Thirties around the piano, German lieder, odd waltzes, operatic drama, piano cut across by... > Read more

Lord of Love

Yoko-Zuna: Voyager (Loop)

19 Nov 2018  |  1 min read

With a lowkey Prologue, a Midterlude and an Epilogue, this cracking second album by Auckland's electronica/dance/hip-hip four-piece (with guests) Yoko-Zuna might be a tad too long at an hour and perhaps a little pretentious with those bookends and the halftime entertainment. But . . . that will seem a carping criticism of a play-loud collection which rides addictive beats, comes with... > Read more


Mimi and Rivers: Simple Lives (digital outlets)

16 Nov 2018  |  1 min read

The Rivers here is Chris Baigent who is the singer-songwriter for the neo-folk band Rivers Edge and Mimi is his ex-partner Aimee Belton who here harmonise beautifully on these nine originals. There is delicacy here (Love Kills Fear brings extraordinary passion and acceptance to the threadbare phrase “I love you”) but these folk-pop songs also have real sinew: In the Light buoyed... > Read more

Rising Up

The Wooden Box Band: Far Far Away (

11 Nov 2018  |  <1 min read

Formerly Paddy Burgin and the Wooden Box Band but now projecting the new band members and allowing Wellington guitar-maker Burgin to step back a little, this small ensemble recorded these 10 originals at Lee Prebble's Surgery studio. This is dialed down folk (trumpet, violin, mandolin, lap steel etc) where there sheer pleasure is evident in material like the softly jaunty but lyrically pointed... > Read more


Tui Mamaki: Fly (digital outlets/

10 Nov 2018  |  <1 min read

Singer-songwriter Tui Mamaki was central to the slightly confusingly named Mamaku Project (subsequently just Mamaku) but with their two albums seven years apart and this solo project under her own name four years on from the last – and her having lived in Bulgaria for the past three years – most would be forgiven for not knowing her. Pity because this quietly poetic, deftly... > Read more

Same Sun

ONE WE MISSED: George Ezra; Staying at Tamara's (Sony)

10 Nov 2018  |  1 min read

Somehow we missed this album when it came out way back in March, which is odd given we were so impressed by this British singer's showing at the Auckland City Limits festival just weeks earlier. At a festival – and indeed in a music culture in general – where most artists try to amplify their point of difference this 24-year old (he's 25 now) cleaved to simple old values such as... > Read more

Saviour (ft First Aid Kit)

Racing: Real Dancing (digital outlets)

9 Nov 2018  |  2 min read

Elsewhere always hails pop-rock/whatever delivered by musicians who feel they've just invented it. Their enthusiasm is infectious and worth a dozen by weight of music from more senior and crafted writers. Auckland band Racing -- whose members have been around a couple of years – have released four singles, and here hit the sweet'n'energetic spot between excitement and craft because... > Read more

Orchestra of Spheres: Mirror (Fire/Southbound)

8 Nov 2018  |  1 min read

Although the Wellington progressive, psyche-improve ensemble Orchestra of Spheres have not previously been consistently impressive in their recordings, they have certainly refined their focus since their first outings. And here you have to admire their courage in opening with 10 minute drone-based piece which has a backdrop sounding evocatively Tibetan with chant poetry lyrics and a... > Read more

Black and White

Barbra Streisand: Walls (Sony)

7 Nov 2018  |  2 min read

Despite what many might wish to think, President Trump has actually managed to achieve a lot in his reign . . . like inspiring 76-year old Barbra Streisand to start writing her own songs again. As we noted previously, this remarkable voice has mostly been in the service of other writers but every now and again – and far too infrequently – she has written her own material.... > Read more

Don't Lie To Me

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Jane Weaver; The Silver Globe (Fire/Southbound)

5 Nov 2018  |  <1 min read

British folkadelic singer-songwriter first came to attention at Elsewhere last year with her sixth (sixth?) album Modern Kosmology – one of our Best of Elsewhere 2017 choices – which had its feet in the past (Krautrock, Sixties psychedelic drones and alt.folk) but seemed to be gazing at the stars through electronica-tinted glasses. This reissue of her 2014 album shows how... > Read more


Symmetrix: Being There (digital outlets)

3 Nov 2018  |  <1 min read

Marita Ryan from Melbourne delivers her self-produced indie-pop electronica music as Symmetrix. With guitars, keyboards and programmed beats, she hits a mid-ground between her chosen genres, erring more towards the alt.pop-rock end of the spectrum (the crackling Confide, the snippy pop-rock of The Others with precision guitar passages) in songs which are snappy and self-contained. Her... > Read more

Where Have You Gone

Quimper: Perdide (Soft Bodies/digital outlets)

2 Nov 2018  |  <1 min read

This UK outfit had me when they mentioned The Cleaners From Venus in their modest approach to Elsewhere. If you don't know that band then immediately seek out Giles Smith's Lost in Music which is hilarious and a somewhat true story about his time in that unsuccessful but now cult band: It is “one man's journey into the world of rock and then back to his Mum's.” In truth, one... > Read more

Christ in a Field of Caravans