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.

If you do, pass the word: you heard it first at Elsewhere.

Subscribers to Elsewhere (free, here) receive a weekly e-newsletter with updates on what's new at the ever-expanding site . . .  and are in to win weekly CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and so on.  Elsewhere: an equal opportunity enjoyer. So enjoy.

Subscribe to my newsletter for weekly updates.

Valedictions: Pieces (valedictions.co.nz)

3 Jul 2017  |  <1 min read

While we might bemoan the balkanisation of radio into tightly proscribed formats, at least from an artist's point of view they at least know where to pitch their music. No surprise then that this three-piece Auckland band got an early single Hey Lady on The Rock FM. (The title alone kinda recommends it, right?) They played a Big Day Out years ago, did some gigs more recently with... > Read more

Queens

Benjamin Booker: Witness (Rough Trade)

26 Jun 2017  |  1 min read

This may only be Booker's second album but he has already proven the capacity to surprise, born out o his punk background in Florida coupled with a love for r'n'b', gospel and classic soul. Throw them into the blender – you can almost hear the blades grinding on the throaty opener Right On You which comes at you out of a thumping pulse and the assertive “I'll be damned if... > Read more

Believe

Stevens, Muhly, Dessner, McAlister: Planetarium (4AD)

19 Jun 2017  |  3 min read

Elsewhere is of the firm opinion that the education system has failed young people if, by the age of 15, they haven't been introduced to some Shakespeare (Julius Caesar is an easy sell to teens), Picasso/Cubism and some start-off classical music (Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Peter and the Wolf perhaps?). These are things in the arts which extend across all cultures... > Read more

Kuiper Belt

Algiers: The Underside of Power (Matador)

19 Jun 2017  |  1 min read

Two years ago the incendiary, distorted and angry self-titled debut album by this US political powerhouse spent some weeks in and out of our Favourite Five Recent CDs column. At that time we wrote: “Out of the torn traditions of America's gospel'n'blues Deep South but shot through with post-punk fury, this trio take a hammer to politics, religion and race but couch it in... > Read more

Cry of the Martyrs

The Miltones: The Miltones (miltones.com/Rhythmethod)

13 Jun 2017  |  1 min read

As we have observed previously, for a very long time in the Eighties and into the Nineties New Zealand musicians shunned the idea of being “pop” when indie was so much more cool, and it often has seemed that since then the idea of appealing to a more mainstream and even slightly older audience was anathema to many. The success of Dave Dobbyn, Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga, Anika... > Read more

Gypsy Queen

Chris Stapleton: From a Room, Vol 1 (Mercury)

12 Jun 2017  |  1 min read

Because we essayed this superb songwriter and gruff-voiced singer on the back of his debut album Traveller last year we won't revisit that ground . . . only to say here is a guy whose music has been covered by Adele but whose audience would also reach from Springsteen fans to Merle Haggard devotees and those with an appreciation of how he can also touch on something akin to Southern soul.... > Read more

Broken Halos

Infinity, Infinity (infinitymusic.co.nz)

12 Jun 2017  |  1 min read

Infinity are guitarist/bassist, keyboard player Pateriki Hura and drummer Cameron Budge from, I believe, Hastings and this is their all-instrumental debut. And you have to hand it to them, the opener is a spacious 11 minute piece entitled Infinity (they do seem to have a penchant for that word) which is three-part slice of enjoyably free-floating space rock which get tangentially David... > Read more

Caris' Land

Roger Waters: Is This Really the Life We Want? (Sony)

11 Jun 2017  |  1 min read

Elsewhere is of the unwavering opinion that most of Roger Waters' recorded output and ideas – most notably Pink Floyd's The Wall, a demandingly bleak and pretentious concept album – are more an endurance test or aural torture than they are insightful music. Yes, we know that The Wall is HUGE and popular, and knowing that we try sometimes to have another go at it, but to no... > Read more

Picture That

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Bob Marley; Exodus (Universal)

2 Jun 2017  |  1 min read

Rightly considered among Marley’s finest albums, some say the finest, Exodus was released six months after the attempt on his life and was recorded in London where he forced to hole up after getting out of Jamaica. It found him extending his musical palette (the deep martial beat of the title track, the poppy Three Little Birds which was “the most charming and stupidest... > Read more

Dodson and Fogg: Follow The Path (wisdomtwins)

29 May 2017  |  <1 min read

In which Elsewhere once again hopes to draw your attention to the very prolific Dodson and Fogg – aka Chris Wade – from Leeds (music, books, artwork, articles, film, see here!) whose releases come wrapped in interesting cover art by his wife Linzi Napier. They are quite the cottage industry . . . and very industrious. On this collection Wade plays everything himself and as... > Read more

Leave (Feel the Wind Blow)

Los Straitjackets: What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets (YepRoc/Southbound)

29 May 2017  |  <1 min read

This classy American instrument outfit from Nashville – who have done three tours with the great Nick Lowe – here undertake 13 songs from his extensive catalogue to offer moody soundtrack-like treatments of ballads (You Inspire, I Read a Lot), Shadows-styled covers (All Men Are Liars, the title track), nods to Ventures and surf instrumentals (I Live on a Battlefield, Heart of... > Read more

You Inspire Me

!!!: Shake the Shudder (Warp)

24 May 2017  |  <1 min read

Cali-founded band !!! (aka Chk Chk Chk) – now in their natural home of New York's dance clubs – are not so retro in their disco/funk crossover that they are a signpost to the future. They are just enjoyably channeling the tropes of black and gay clubs in the Seventies and here – with a revolving door of female singers assisting – provide mirrorball movers which... > Read more

Dancing is the Best Revenge

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

22 May 2017  |  3 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. .  Arca: Arca (XL/Rhythmethod) People like Bjork, Anohni and this Venezuelan-born and London-based producer (Alejandro... > Read more

Asgeir: Afterglow (Inertia/Rhythmethod)

22 May 2017  |  <1 min read

Given the genre – somewhere between orchestrated electronica, ambient and embellished folk – this second album from Iceland's Asgeir should grip at Elsewhere. But it just doesn't. Because you sense behind some of the glitch-electro and airy vocals this is very familiar and much traversed territory. Where its predecessor Into the Silence had evocative and dream-folk... > Read more

Nothing

Larry Morris: Anthology (Frenzy)

15 May 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

Larry Morris would be the first to admit that his was a wild ride for a decade after Larry's Rebels gatecrashed the New Zealand music world of the Sixties with a harder edge, a proper rock'n'roll attitude to pop, a string of memorable singles (many of them covers but with their own stamp) and excellent live shows. Morris was only in his mid teens when all that started but a decade on... > Read more

Here and There

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

8 May 2017  |  3 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. .  Willie Nelson: God’s Problem Child (Sony) At 83 and with the passing of recent companions and fellow musicians... > Read more

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

Clap Clap Riot: Dull Life (CCR)

3 May 2017  |  1 min read

Elsewhere’s penchant for classic pop-rock with allusions to punk bristle and power pop elevation gets another shot of pleasure from CCR (our one, who previously appeared in one of our best of the year lists). And again they deliver a vinyl-length collection of smart and memorable songs (11 in 38 minutes). In their bag of memories (conscious and unconscious) they have bits of Big... > Read more

Tired of Getting Old

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

30 Apr 2017  |  3 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. .  Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway (Nonesuch) As America turns even more deeply divided along lines of race and class... > Read more

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

28 Apr 2017  |  2 min read

Facing down an avalanche of releases, requests for coverage, the occasional demand that we be interested in their new album (sometimes with that absurd comment "but don't write about it if you don't like it") and so on, Elsewhere will every now and again do a quick sweep like this, in the same way it does IN BRIEFabout international releases. Comments will be brief.... > Read more