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Albi and the Wolves: Light After the Dark (AAA/digital outlets)

16 Oct 2023  |  1 min read

Albi (singer/guitarist Chris Dent) and the Wolves (fiddle player Pascal Roggen, bassist Michael Young) won best folk artist in 2018 for their debut album One Eye Open and have come a long way musically since then. Through their This is War (2019) and into this especially impressive and diverse third album they have constantly extended themselves. They are folk Jim, but not always... > Read more

Vorsen: A World on Fire (digital outlets)

15 Oct 2023  |  1 min read

We don't call it "Noisyland" because we are quiet. Some of our bands have been exceptionally loud, wild and out of control. From Chants R'n'B and the newly discovered recordings of the impressive Grim Ltd in the Sixties, to hard rockers in the early Seventies and then punk and post-punk search-and-destroy bands (the Plague, No Tag and so on) right up through Shihad and Dead C... > Read more

Donna Dean: Kisses and Other Things (digital outlets)

9 Oct 2023  |  2 min read

Wilco's Cruel Country of last year was a clever sleight of hand: it was a more traditional kind of country music than, but managed to be somewhere still to the left of the mainstream. Donna Dean – one of this country's most under-acknowledged and understated songwriters – manages that dichotomy too: she's in the folk-country genre but tills similar soil as the... > Read more


RECOMMENDED RECORD: Vor-Stellen: Parallelograms (digital outlets)

9 Oct 2023  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this which comes as a double album. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . .  . In the world to the left of mainstream guitar rock is a heavily populated region usually referred to as indie or alternative (“Alternative to what?” said Tom Waits when he... > Read more

KMTP: With Love KMTP (Sunreturn/digital outlets)

6 Oct 2023  |  <1 min read

KMTP is Tāmaki Makaurau-based Keria Paterson (Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāi Tahu, they/them) and an interesting bunch of musicians: as a drummer he has played with Dirty Pixels and Dead Famous People And here taps into a kind of indie.Britpop (Walk Out to Space, 2.45), acoustic nostalgia (the opening passages of 2021 Was Fun), a pastoral Interlude instrumental which is nice... > Read more

2021 Was Fun

Oneohtrix Point Never: Again (digital outlets)

5 Oct 2023  |  <1 min read

The experimental electronica-cum-art music composer Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), here once more softly pushes at the boundaries on an album which opens with Elseware and what sounds like a string section tuning up (“it was 56 years ago today . . .”?) before settling on a brief Romantic melody and the we weave into the title track which has a gently unsettling quality of... > Read more

Various Artists: When the Alarm Clock Rings (vinyl only)

2 Oct 2023  |  <1 min read

Taking it's title from a song by Blossom Toes which closes this double vinyl and subtitled “A Compendium of British Psychedelia 1966-1969”, this is treasure chest of the eccentric British take on psychedelic music, more Edwardian tea-room than hippie crash pad. It's the left-field compilation for those who like very early Pink Floyd and The Move, and have The Crazy World of... > Read more

Sparklehorse: Bird Machine (digital outlets)

1 Oct 2023  |  1 min read  |  1

Ol' Bill Shakespeare was overstating it in Julius Caesar when he wrote, “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” But we take the general point; the big names get the biggest obituaries, if not comets in the sky. When famous musicians die – Lennon, Whitney, Amy, Tupac, Bowie et al –... > Read more

Julian Temple Band: Tunnels (digital outlets)

28 Sep 2023  |  1 min read

This long-running Ōtepoti Dunedin six piece – almost two decades in the game, this their fifth album in 11 years – don't seem to have captured national attention in the way that their peers Six60 and Summer Thieves have managed. Which is a shame because they are certainly energetic as they cross from solid rock to post-New Wave pop-rock and just enough musically... > Read more


Swallow the Rat: South Locust (digital outlets)

26 Sep 2023  |  <1 min read

You can guess from this Auckland trio's name they aren't in this game for the pop hits. They deliver often exciting Nineties post-punk and powered-up pop (Gravois Park), menacingly low-slung material verging on drone-rock (the standout Mind) and yet can unexpectedly seduce with more quiet-loud material (Small Plates) and something approaching uneasy pop-rock (Idea of the South, the excellent... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Rodney Fisher and the Response: Art School Dropout (digital outlets)

25 Sep 2023  |  <1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this which comes in electric blue with a booklet of Fisher's thoughts about the making of the album, the lyrics for which you need a microscope to read and a classy art school cover. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . .   . Former Goodshirt singer-songwriter... > Read more

Keeping Up Appearances

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Macey: The Lovers (Warners/digital outlets)

25 Sep 2023  |  <1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this which comes with an insert of the lyrics which are very important to an understanding of this very personal album affected by a relationship break-up and the death of a parent. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . . After a series of increasingly interesting... > Read more

The Blind Boys of Alabama: Echoes of the South

25 Sep 2023  |  1 min read

Many people will have their favourite Blind Boys of Alabama moment, whether it was at the Womad appearance, opening for Mavis Staples or at The Auckland Town Hall. Most memorably for this writer was seeing them opening for Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters where 82-year old Jimmy Carter was lead around the Auckland stadium floor singing and shouting and testifying. The Blind... > Read more

Olivia Rodrigo: Guts (digital outlets)

17 Sep 2023  |  <1 min read

While we open with our customary “she doesn't make music for us” caveat, we can't help but see the teen appeal of this sassy, f-wording 20-year old who came to attention via the High School Musical series, had a massive debut single (Drivers License) and now on this second album offers an implosion of noisy indie guitar rock alongside rap-like rhyming couplets, her chart-topping... > Read more

Model Home: And Nobody Made a Sound (digital outlets)

17 Sep 2023  |  1 min read

This debut album by a Christchurch band might politely be referred to as “a long time coming”: they first started playing in 2010. Plenty of time to write and record a bunch of distinctive songs, a few of which have got traction at alternative radio. Which perhaps tells you their ethos: indie guitar pop-rock. But fronted by singers Rachael Norcross (rhythm guitar) and,... > Read more

Office Dog: Spiel (Flying Nun/digital outlets)

15 Sep 2023  |  1 min read

This Auckland-based trio had its origins in Dunedin, so them finding at home on Flying Nun seems appropriate. And in places on this 12-song debut they certainly cleave to the guitar pop of the Nun's earlier bands, albeit better produced (by De Stevens at Roundhead over a couple of long days). The downbeat repetition of once-familiar bands is evident (Antidote) as is the widescreen... > Read more

The Feelers: Reimagined; Greatest Hits (digital outlets)

9 Sep 2023  |  1 min read

As we've conceded a few times, sometimes big albums go right past us. It was as recently as 2017 that we finally got around to hearing the Eagles' mega-blockbuster, two-in-every-home album Hotel California. Two years before that we got around to hearing the Feelers huge debut album from 1998 Supersytem for the first time when it was reissued. It had topped the charts and won them... > Read more

Dear Anxiety

Grim Ltd: Shakin' It Up At The Nicoberg (Frenzy)

3 Sep 2023  |  2 min read

In recent months Grant Gillanders' Frenzy label has released albums which were interesting but perhaps of most appeal to band members or those who were there at the time in the Seventies: the album-that-never-was by Cimeron and the Inbetweens' sole album reissued. But let's pull out all the stops for Grim Ltd because here was a raw'n'raucous R'n'B band recorded live at Palmerston North's... > Read more

Milk Cow Blues

The Changing Same: Go to the Movies (Powertools/digital outlets)

1 Sep 2023  |  2 min read

Outside of the intermittent career of Sneaky Feelings, Matthew Bannister developed – and sometimes abandoned – any number of other outlets: among them The Dribbling Darts of Love, The Weather, One Man Bannister and albums under his own name like his version of Rubber Soul as Rubber Solo (there was also his Evolver version of Revolver as One Man Bannister) and the most... > Read more

The Best Intentions

Michael Canning: Chirality (Ghostjogger/digital outlets)

31 Aug 2023  |  <1 min read

Further to our recent installment of releases from Thokei Tapes out of Germany comes this new album by expat Kiwi writer/producer Michael Canning, now based in England. A previous album by him Wise Woman's Hill Rd was released on Thokei and we reviewed it at that time noting its “left field but approachable dark and crafted songs”. That assessment still stands for the 10... > Read more

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