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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Kimbra: Primal Heart (Warners)

23 Apr 2018  |  1 min read

Further proof of the benefits of leaving the comfort of home and a loyal local following to try your hand in the wider world. Kimbra out of Hamilton made that leap early in her career when she started to feature on Australian electronica singles (most notably on the Gotye single Somebody That I Used to Know), became as big across the Tasman – where she had relocated – as she was... > Read more

Past Love

Death and the Maiden: Wisteria (Fishrider)

23 Apr 2018  |  2 min read

While it was only right, proper and long overdue that the Apra Silver Scroll award night should be held in Dunedin in 2017 you'd have to say it made for bloody awful television. Many of those there on the night – but by no means all from the naysaying this writer heard privately – attested to what a great night it was and -- with lashings of booze, old friends and a sense of... > Read more

River Underground

Emily Fairlight: Mother of Gloom (usual streaming outlets)

23 Apr 2018  |  1 min read

Taking its title from a line by Martha Wainwright and with song titles like Body Below, Drag The Night In, Private Apocalypse, Sinking Ship and Loneliest Race you'd expect a fairly dark ride on the second album by this Wellington-based alt.folk singer/songwriter recorded in Austin. But with her powerfully quivering voice – at time she calls to mind Buffy Sainte-Marie and a more... > Read more

Private Apocalypse

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

23 Apr 2018  |  2 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 and Yasmin does with EPs. Comments will be brief. .    Richard X Bennett: Away From The Many (usual download and streaming... > Read more

The Disappointments: The Disappointments (Morningstar)

16 Apr 2018  |  1 min read

Get past the self-deprecating band name and look closer: Here are singer-guitarist Hammond Gamble and bassist Andy MacDonald who, in the early Eighties co-founded one of the greatest blues-rock bands this country has ever produced: Street Talk. They toured extensively and fired off two terrific albums, their self-titled debut (somewhat knobbled by the production of big-noting American... > Read more

Jack's Got Work (But It Ain't All Good)

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

16 Apr 2018  |  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 and Yasmin does with EPs. Comments will be brief. .    Chris Smither: Call Me Lucky (Signature/Southbound) This consistent but... > Read more

Mein: Mein (Rocket/Southbound)

14 Apr 2018  |  <1 min read

A kind of second-tier supergroup if you will, the four-piece Mein draws its members from the Horrors, the Earlies, Black Angels and Elephant Stone who pulled this together from shared audio files coupled with an Indo-influenced psychedelic ethos, and a touch of rave culture grooves (Happy Mondays/Black Grape etc) and a smidgen of Krautrock motorik. Which comes out more coherent than that... > Read more


The And Band: Outhern (Spacecase Records)

9 Apr 2018  |  1 min read

It's a game any seriously frivolous music lover has played, making up names for bands and albums. My imagined album title – probably for some lousy rhythm and blues band – is Cheap Muscatel and a Korean Guitar. I remember at school my mate Barry came up with The The and The And Band. And lo! It came to pass . . . This actual And Band was George D Henderson (later of... > Read more

Bill Frisell: Music IS (Okeh/Sony)

7 Apr 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

When Elsewhere profiled Bill Frisell in advance of his appearances at the Wellington Jazz festival in 2017 we headed the piece “Guitarist Without Portfolio”. And that was because – as the piece outlined – he has been claimed by and appeared in the ranks of jazz, avant-garde music and rock, played alongside the likes of Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Brian Eno, Keith... > Read more

The Pioneers

Stills and Collins: Everybody Knows (Sony)

19 Mar 2018  |  2 min read

In 1985 Julie Burchill, the brief champion of British punk, wrote a withering attack on the Eurythmics in Time Out. She skewered the duo of Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox as hippies, and beige people who bleached out black artists. She reserved her particular venom for Lennox who was “one minute insisting that sisters were doing it for themselves, the next collapsing into a... > Read more


Carnivorous Plant Society: The New King (Border)

16 Mar 2018  |  1 min read

The various members of CPS – Finn Scholes; Tam Scholes, Cass Basil and Siobhanne Thompson, Alistair Deverick – represent an aggregation of talent and are perhaps better known for who they appear with: Respectively Avalanche City and Neil Finn in the case of Finn Scholes, Tam and Thompson with Bannerman, Basil with Bic Runga and Tiny Ruins, Deverick with Lawrence Arabia and... > Read more

Don't Go Outside ft Don McGlashan, Tiny Ruins

David Byrne: American Utopia (Warners)

10 Mar 2018  |  2 min read  |  1

The title of this album by David Byrne, his first under his own name since Grown Backwards about 14 years ago, is timely when we consider the state of the Great Society today, a nation which has written into its raison d'ĂȘtre, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. As American government machinery crumbles from within, its people seem increasingly polarised –... > Read more

Dogs Mind

Frank Burkitt Band: Raconteur (streaming outlets)

9 Mar 2018  |  2 min read

Elsewhere has acknowledged this Edinburgh-born/Kiwi resident singer-songwriter previously and would say immediately that his up-front style of alt-folk-blues probably doesn't suit the laid-back, cheers-'bro mood of many in this country. Burkitt often writes and sings songs of emotional power within the orbit of sometimes strident and uncomfortably real songs which locates them a long... > Read more


Red River Dialect: Broken Stay Open Sky (Paradise of Bachelors/Southbound)

5 Mar 2018  |  1 min read

This London-based group originally out of Cornwall find themselves on the US label Paradise of Bachelors for their fourth album which – given each party's folk/guitar/thoughtful inclinations – makes excellent sense. With cello, banjo, harp, violin and dulcimer alongside guitars, piano and sometimes urgent drums, this series of songs evokes the windswept great outdoors near... > Read more


Grant-Lee Phillips: Widdershins (Yep Roc/Southbound)

2 Mar 2018  |  2 min read

Back in 2004 when we went on a two month, mostly aimless drive around the Southern USA, I only took one CD from home but on the first day out of LA as we headed east I banged it on. It was Grant-Lee Phillips' glorious 2001 album Mobilize and the lead song became our repeat-play. It was See America, a dreamy, weightless electro-pop affair about weariness and travel which has the... > Read more

Great Acceleration

Joan Baez: Whistle Down the Wind (Proper/Southbound)

2 Mar 2018  |  3 min read  |  1

Sometimes you just have to come clean and admit you were wrong: As I did in '94 when I wrote about Across the Great Divide, a box set of The Band, a group whose music I had found terminally dull when I first hear it. I was into noisy Zepp/Sabbath rock in the late Sixties and these guys just seemed prematurely old and boring. But I admitted, belatedly, I was wrong about them when... > Read more

The Things That We Are Made Of

The Low Anthem: The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea (Joyful Noise/Flying Out)

2 Mar 2018  |  <1 min read

Formerly more folk-rock and assertive than this collection which drifts more towards the aquatic depths of its title, the Low Anthem out of Rhode Island here explore the nature of water, the sea and the idea of ambient immersion. At their most quietly poppy Give My Body Back offers an almost childlike wonder (it mentions an octopus' garden) and seems sung from the perspective of... > Read more

Toowee Toowee

Laurie Anderson/The Kronos Quartet: Landfall (Nonesuch/Warners)

26 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

Although they have long moved in similar circles this is, surprisingly, the first album violinist/storyteller and composer Laurie Anderson and the avant-classical Kronos Quartet have recorded together. Revolving around, recounting and recreating Anderson's experiences of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, it pulls together strings, electronica, subtle samples and Anderson's coolly dispassionate... > Read more

It Twisted the Street Signs

Salmonella Dub: Commercial Grates (salmonelladub)

24 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

There is no denying the impact Salmonella Dub had when they emerged 25 years ago. Aside from the exceptional shows and genre-defining, distinctive albums they also paved the way for bands like Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy's Drop, Black Seeds, Trinity Roots and many others, not to mention giving the band's one-time live sound guy then subsequently vocalist Tiki Taane the springboard for a... > Read more

Mercy (DJ Mu remix)

Dominic Blaazer: The Lights of Te Atatu (vinyl/streaming services)

24 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

Auckland keyboard player/singer/guitarist Dominic Blaazer is perhaps best known for the excellent bands he has been in, among them Greg Fleming's Trains, a stint in the Chills in the mid Nineties and the hipster favourites The Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist. But he was also in the power pop outfit Smoothy, was in the SJD band, has played with Don McGlashan and is currently in Ghost Town.... > Read more

Simple Love