The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Something Else (A Recordings/Southbound)

 |   |  1 min read

My Poor Heart
The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Something Else (A Recordings/Southbound)

The title on this new album by the very prolific Anton Newcombe and his fellow travellers is interesting of itself.

It may refer to the Beatles album of a similar title (the typically cobbled-togetherSomething New) which came out in the US in '64 because Newcombe has made such allusions in his long career on BJM albums such as Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, My Bloody Underground and Who Killed Sgt Pepper?

Or it could simply be a reference to how he is pushing out albums every year from his home studio in Berlin (alongside others by the likes of Les Big Byrd, Pete International Airport and others) and here is just something else.

And in a sense it is just that, another installment from a man whose vision runs through rock'n'roll-cum-world music to psychedelic rock and tripped-out semi-soundtracks.

There's always something slightly wayward and likable about BJM albums although Elsewhere prefers the more psyche-rock and world music-influenced installments. But the ragged charm here on an instrumental like Animal Wisdom (which might have made for one of the better spaced-out tracks on the Stones' Satanic Majesties period), the banging surf-rock wig-out sound of the desperate Skin and Bones, the downer Brit-Goth pop of Who Dreams of Cats? and the exotic eight minute dreamscape of Silent Stream (with drone, organ and disembodied vocals) all invite you back into BJM's busy world.

And My Poor Heart where the chime'n'drive underpin spaceflight guitar sounds ideal for live immersion.

That is good news because the BJM – on another seemingly endless tour after a quieter 2017 – are coming back to New Zealand shortly.

And Newcombe is promising another album before year's end. Maybe they will showcase something else from that as well as Something Else?

In a sense it doesn't matter if you are unfamiliar with their extensive catalogue – Something Else is their 17thstudio album – because on the night they can deliver daring psychedelic rock.

For more on Anton Newcombe/Brian Jonestown Massacre start here.

THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE TOUR

June 16, Powerstation, Auckland

June 17, SanFran, Wellington

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Eleni Mandell: I Can See the Future (YepRoc)

Eleni Mandell: I Can See the Future (YepRoc)

Possessed of kd lang's melodic skills and swooning delivery, with an ear on classic Fifties and Sixties pop which was a hallmark of the best Rumer songs and just enough folk-noir to bring... > Read more

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of New Orleans (Rough Guide/Southbound)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of New Orleans (Rough Guide/Southbound)

Here's the compilation many would want to compile . . . then flee a mile from. How could you win? No matter who you included there will be dozens if not scores or hundreds of artists/tracks which... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Florence and the Machine; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

THE BARGAIN BUY: Florence and the Machine; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

There's an enormous amount of wrought emotion on this album which sounds like a collection of sometimes obsessively self-centred songs about heartbreak ,but Florence has the lungs, powerful vibrato... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Harley Williams

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Harley Williams

One of the most distinctive figures in the New Zealand musical landscape is Delaney Davidson. Over a series of albums and compelling live performances he has presented his often jarring yet... > Read more