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RECOMMENDED RECORD: Pitch Black: Ape to Angel (Dubmission/digital outlets)

20 May 2023  |  3 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this which comes as a remastered double album in a gatefold sleeve (with an additional rare track), the first vinyl release of Pitch Black's 2004 breakthrough album. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . . When, in 2004, Elsewhere interviewed Mike Hodgson... > Read more

Like Angels: Your Time Will Come (Failsafe/digital outlets)

17 May 2023  |  2 min read

From his longtime home in Japan, Rob Mayes oversees the extensive reissue of albums on his Failsafe label, now celebrating 40 years of independent releases. And he's not beyond new releases either: witness this beautifully packaged double CD in a gatefold cover with a booklet of brief explanatory notes and pertinent photos. Like Angels is in fact the one-man project of Robert McLean... > Read more

Year Zero

The Winebox Inquiry: Liquid Air (bandcamp)

15 May 2023  |  <1 min read

You'd have to concede this about Wellington's William Daymond: he moves on and can't be put in any convenient box. In the late 2000s he was drummer in the indie-rock band Terror of the Deep and as he admitted in 2014, “We like to keep things fun and interesting. We just play what we want. We started kind of poppy, then went psych, now we’re doing prog and almost garage... > Read more

Downpour

Maxine Funke: River Said (Disciples/digital outlets)

14 May 2023  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes with a lyric sheet and a digital download. Makes sense to get it on vinyl given it is, as you may read, an album of two distinct sides. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . . Esoteric, sepia-toned and skeletal folk goes back to before the recently... > Read more

Willow White

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Jonathan Bree: Pre-Code Hollywood (digital outlets)

14 May 2023  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this which comes as a classy package of white vinyl inside a shiny silver insert sleeve and with a lyric sheet. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte's 1928 painting Two Lovers had the kissing couple's heads swathed in... > Read more

Ingrid and the Ministers: Boofhead (digital outlets)

14 May 2023  |  <1 min read

Enthusiasm at recent shows for the briefly re-formed D4, reductively absurd Guitar Wolf and the Schizophonics confirmed raucous, guitar-injected punkish rock'n'roll still provides ear-scouring retro-pleasure for a broad demographic. On this second album – collecting six previous singles – the capital's Ingrid and the Ministers marry T. Rex and Joan Jett to wheel-spinning ZZ Top... > Read more

The Lemon Twigs: Everything Harmony (Captured Tracks/digital outlets)

12 May 2023  |  1 min read

To be frank, on the basis of two of their three previous albums we have heard, we've been seriously underwhelmed by the fashionable and hip Lemon Twigs, two gifted New York brothers who do have a unique ability to tap into pop's rich history. But they certainly captured the attention of influential critics who – like us – enjoyed train-spotting their way through their songs (oh... > Read more

Nabihah Iqbal: Dreamer (Ninja Tune/digital outlets)

11 May 2023  |  <1 min read

Very much an artist's artist – she was commissioned to compose music for the Turner Prize, an exhibition at the Tate Modern and a Basquiat retrospective – this London-born child of Pakistani parents has also worked as a broadcaster, lecturer and in the field of human rights. This belated second album following her acclaimed 2017 debut Weighing of the Heart was conceived during... > Read more

The Church: The Hypnogogue (digital outlets)

8 May 2023  |  1 min read

Among the many hundreds of albums Elsewhere lost in the January 2023 floods were a few much loved Australian albums, among them two terrific double albums by the Easybeats taking them from chart-toppers to the decline into psychedelic music and a compilation of the early Church which carried them through their Paisley Underground years. These were albums which were the domain of obsessive... > Read more

No Other You

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Natalie Merchant: Keep Your Courage (Nonesuch/digital outlets)

7 May 2023  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes in a gatefold sleeve as a double album with an all-important lyric sheet, extensive liner notes (including a piece about the Jeanne d'Arc cover) and four extra songs from earlier albums not previously available on vinyl and unavailable on the CD or streaming versions. Check out... > Read more

Come On, Aphrodite

Rickie Lee Jones: Pieces of Treasure (BMG/digital outlets)

7 May 2023  |  1 min read

There's a photograph of Frank Sinatra in 1948 at a studio piano learning a song from a long haired, bearded guy. Had it appeared 20 years later we'd identify the guy – eden ahbez, who favoured the lower case – as a hippie. But ahbez was man ahead, and out, of his time. Sandal-wearing, vegetarian, mostly living outdoors and studying esoteric literature, ahbez wrote the song... > Read more

Just in Time

Immaterial Possession: Mercy of the Crane Folk (Fire/digital outlets)

5 May 2023  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has always had a thing for left-field psychedelic folk which we can trace back to a teenage infatuation with very early Pink Floyd, the Incredible String Band and Donovan as he moved out of the folk period with Season of the Witch, Sunshine Superman, Three Kingfishers and so on. Artists like Shawn Phillips also passed our radar and of course those who went to the more... > Read more

Cypress Receiver

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

1 May 2023  |  2 min read

New Zealand Music Month invariably sees a landslide of releases, all competing with each other as well as international releases. It's hard to catch up let alone keep up so we here offer potted acknowledgements of four local releases. . Terrible Sons: The Raft is Not the Shore Ignore the band name which seems out of punk London in 1977 but take the poetic,... > Read more

The National: First Two Pages of Frankenstein (digital outlets/vinyl)

30 Apr 2023  |  1 min read

Plagued by writers' block, Matt Berninger of the National opened Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein and read of the narrator heading to the North Pole, invigorated by the promise of the journey: “I feel my heart glow with an enthusiasm which elevates me to heaven, for nothing contributes so much to tranquilise the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the... > Read more

Tiny Ruins: Ceremony (digital outlets/vinyl)

30 Apr 2023  |  1 min read

On her 2011 debut album Some Were Meant For Sea, Hollie Fullbrook – as Tiny Ruins – opened with an intimately whispered conflation of Chaucer and Shakespeare: “Lean in friend and I'll tell you a tale . . . as I tread the stage awhile”. Fullbrook had much to tell: in Bristol she'd learned cello and assimilated British folk and James Taylor; the family moved... > Read more

Sam Ford, Trudi Green and the Soulahula Band: OOOEE! (Choice/digital outlets)

24 Apr 2023  |  1 min read

The irrepressible and enthusiastic Sam Ford and Trudi Green make a welcome return with their horn-driven Pasifika-soul. Recorded during lockdown with the musicians sending their various parts for collation, these 11 songs sound freshly minted and anxious to be delivered live – see below – for full appreciation of their Southern swing (the title track, the funky political... > Read more

A Picture of a Palm Tree

boygenius: the record (digital outlets)

23 Apr 2023  |  1 min read

The American alt.folk-cum-rock supergroup of Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker – downplaying with the lowercase band name and the humble title of this debut album – will doubtless find an audience which remembers 90s bands like the Breeders, Throwing Muses and Belly, but who these days prefer their grunge-era aggression more subdued. boygenius cleverly balance the... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Vera Ellen: Ideal Home Noise (Flying Nun/digital outlets)

22 Apr 2023  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes with an insert sleeve and a download code. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .  Vera Ellen emerged from the folk and indie.pop scene in P┼Źneke Wellington, recorded and toured with her high school band Maple Syrup and has established herself in... > Read more

Damien Binder: Bright Side (digital outlets)

21 Apr 2023  |  1 min read

If you consider the artists expat singer-songwriter Damien Binder has been favourably compared with – moody Springsteen, the Triffids, Jackson Browne, Lloyd Cole, the Go-Betweens – you'll see the high level at which he works, and the regard in which he's held. Of his 2016 album New World we said, “he writes songs which in a better world would find themselves all over... > Read more

Don't Know What

Dinner Party: Enigmatic Society (digital outlets)

21 Apr 2023  |  1 min read

When the rock band Cream emerged in the mid-Sixties they were immediately hailed as a supergroup, although outside of Britain few were especially familiar with the credentials of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker other than by repute. Clapton everyone knew. Because jazz musicians move between bands and leaders so frequently many of the line-ups are supergroups by definition: Miles Davis' quartets... > Read more