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Grimes, Miss Anthropocene (4AD/Rhythmethod)

1 Apr 2020  |  2 min read

Some musicians transition from being an enjoyable pop figure into An Important Artist. Rare ones – say, Jimi Hendrix and Billie Eilish – arrive with a significant debut album, but most take time getting there. Even David Bowie played Zelig-like roles from Beat-era r'n'b through glam pop and faux-soul before his innovative “Berlin Trilogy” in the late 70s which... > Read more

McLaney and Malik: The Old Traditions (Escape Artists/digital outlets)

1 Apr 2020  |  2 min read

Paul McLaney is doubtless among this country's most prolific musicians. But one of his finest series of albums this past decade were under the name Impending Adorations and they were seductive electronica available digitally (through bandcamp, here). And therefore they went past most people. This album was in fact recorded back in 2016 with pianist Raashi Malik, a spare series of... > Read more

Harry Styles, Fine Line (Sony)

31 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

In early 2017 Harry Styles  – formerly of One Direction (the guy with tousled hair) and briefly a Taylor Swift boyfriend – released his self-titled debut album. It must have been galling for those dismissive of 1D that it was so good. It was a smart, chart-busting pop record and Styles proved he possessed considerable vocal and emotional range. With his new Fine... > Read more

Beat Rhythm Fashion: Beings Rest, Finally – Rarities (Failsafe)

30 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

In the early Eighties, Wellington's Beat Rhythm Fashion delivered up spiky post-punk pop with Nino Birch's disdainful or cynically bored vocals up front. Not Necessary – which opens this 16 track collection of mostly live material impossible to find these days, is a litany of things not required: jobs (“I don't want to work”), a house, colour etc.... > Read more

None in the Universe

Yumi Zouma: Truth or Consequences (Polyvinyl/digital outlets)

30 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

About now we might have expected this New Zealand band to be touring on the back of this new album, but as with many artists they've had to take to the internet to play for their audience. Good on them. But let it be said, this third album is a very lightweight slice of synth-pop which frequently has about as much texture as a meringue and is just as overly sweet. In places they... > Read more

Las Kellies: Suck This Tangerine (Fire/digital outlets)

23 Mar 2020  |  <1 min read

Elsewhere takes its self-imposed mandate to guide you elsewhere quite seriously, so here we introduce this Argentinean duo of Cecelia Kelly (guitars, bass, vocals) and Silvina Costa (drums, vocals). Ramones-like all members past and present have use the surname Kelly – so they are Cici Kelly and Sil Kelly – and on this, their sixth album, they deliver up taut, likable if... > Read more

Matrixland

Maria McKee: La Vita Nuova (Fire)

23 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

Sometimes it's good to acknowledge you just aren't up to it, that an art is so demanding as to be beyond your comprehension or interest. So let me admit defeat in the face of this dramatic, literary, cathartic, almost operatic 65 minutes by Maria McKee, who has often presented a challenge. But nothing like this. Let's not mention her time in the popular country-punk band Lone... > Read more

Courage

Tidal Rave: Heart Screams (Fishrider)

22 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

Fishrider Records out of Dunedin has delivered some very gripping albums and artists (Emily Fairlight, Death and the Maiden, Prophet Hens and others) in the past decade and more. Their roster is worth checking out. And this six-piece out of Wellington with Ann-Marie Keating's nagging organ sound weaving through their smart indie-pop/polished garageband songs come up as being full of... > Read more

Dark Wizard

Roger Eno, Brian Eno: Mixing Colours (Deutsche Grammophon/digital outlets)

20 Mar 2020  |  <1 min read

But first, here's a little something which can keep you and the little ones amused. A few years ago Brian Eno introduced an app called Bloom which I've found invaluable to have on my phone. When nearby kids in a hospital waiting room are scratchy and their parents are worn out, when a bored toddler in a shopping market trolley is starting to squirm or when you are just sitting... > Read more

Sam Ford and Trudi Green: Sweet Sweet Love (Choice)

16 Mar 2020  |  <1 min read

With the kind of professional ease which comes from decades of playing, writing and immersion in soulful songs which might have come from America's South, Sam Ford and Trudi Green here gathered many old familiars for recording sessions in London (where they lived for more than a decade) and various Auckland studios. The result is a delightful 14-song album of understated, utterly... > Read more

I'm Still Here

Islet: Eyelet (Fire/Southbound)

13 Mar 2020  |  <1 min read

Islet out of Wales sound like an interesting couple of groups, maybe even a few. The openers here are languid dream-pop fronted by singer Emma Thomas but of little particular interest because they don't add much to that weightless idiom other than perhaps a slightly more chilly ambience through the repetition of the loops, although the seven minute Geese which closes the first third of... > Read more

Radel 10

Kate Owen: Not a Proper Girl (Southbound/digital outlets)

9 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

The interesting boxes are all ticked here: singer-songwriter Kate Owen is from Lyttelton (the Liverpool/Austin of Aotearoa?), recorded this with Ben Edwards there, had it mastered by Chris Chetland in Auckland, it is crowd-funded by believers . . . All it needs then is for Owen to deliver . . . and on an album which has prickly guitars alongside widescreen ballads and soundscape songs... > Read more

Heathen's Prayer

Luke Hurley: Happy Isles (lukehurley.co.nz)

9 Mar 2020  |  2 min read

Luke Hurley had been visibly making music around New Zealand for almost four decades, quite often busking but also opening for acts like Michelle Shocked, appearing at fringe festivals, with music on soundtracks and in radio interviews, live albums and collections, and tours in Europe . . .  In 2007 Monkey Records released a Best Of (1984 - 2013) collection, an excellent 18 song... > Read more

Infinity: Icy Blue Planet (infinitymusic.co.nz)

9 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

It has been more than a couple of years since we last had a visit from Infinity – guitarist/bassist, keyboard player Pat Hura and drummer Cam Budge (out of Hastings) – whose self-titled debut was a very pleasant and intelligent journey through space-rock ambience, electro-funk New Age and material you felt might lend itself to soundtracks. And in places would be of equal appeal... > Read more

Bucket

OOIOO: Nijimusi (Thrill Jockey/digital outlets)

7 Mar 2020  |  1 min read

The key member of this long-running Japanese No Wave/avant-noise outfit is drummer YoshimiO of the Boredoms and what began as a joke/parody morphed into a real band, now up to its eighth album (previous outings are on Spotify). As you might expect from the product description, sometimes this is not easy percussion-driven stuff (they have another drummer this time, Mishina, with Yoshimi... > Read more

Nadia Reid: Out Of My Province (Spacebomb/Rhythmethod)

6 Mar 2020  |  2 min read  |  1

Some decades ago there was a lengthy promotion aimed at New Zealanders which went, “Don't leave home until you've seen the country”. Which is admirable and was designed to promote local tourism. I'd add, “And once you've done that get yourself out into the world as soon as possible”. There is quite often an unthinking parochialism – right now bordering... > Read more

King Krule: Man Alive! (XL/Rhythmethod)

29 Feb 2020  |  <1 min read

Much as Elsewhere was quite engaged by Archy Marshall's previous albums 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (2013) and The Ooz three years ago – especially the latter – this “difficult third album” has a half-baked quality and his always variable material here too often dips into the area of incomplete ideas/indulgent shapelessness and the downright irritating. Such fully... > Read more

Pictish Trail: Thumb World (Fire/digital)

24 Feb 2020  |  2 min read

British psychedelic music has always been a very different animal to that of America's (and let's not get into the Italians at this point!). Often grounded in weird folk, classical music, British whimsy and eccentricity, during its heyday in the late Sixties it spawned artists as diverse as the Incredible String Band, Procol Harum and early Pink Floyd (before Dark Side). There has been... > Read more

Slow Memories

kate can wait: Veraniegas (Grimalkin/bandcamp)

24 Feb 2020  |  <1 min read

This is certainly something different which we introduce because the artist is interesting, the Grimalkin label out of Virginia is doing good work for various human rights causes related to gender issues, and the songs here are very seductive in both English and Spanish. Some background then to this acoustic guitar/soft synths album. The artist is Molly Kate Rodriguez who lives... > Read more

Orphan Maker

Tame Impala: The Slow Rush (Fiction)

17 Feb 2020  |  1 min read

The retro-synth psychedelic dance-pop of Tame Impala's previous album Currents won over Elsewhere and it ended up in our Best of 2015 list (and in a few Readers' Choices too). Tame Impala is Kevin Parker who you suspect probably has albums by Funkadelic, Giorgio Moroder, the Bee Gees and the Alan Parsons Project alongside mid-period Prince, late Beatles, dream-pop and... > Read more