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Katie Thompson: Bittersweet (Quirky)

2 Sep 2019  |  1 min read

It's been a while since we've heard the aching soul-folk and chiming country-rock of Katie Thompson, not since 2011's impressive Impossible in fact. And like that album, this seems to have been crowdfunded (with some well known musicians in the list) which confirms she is a self-starter with a wide and deep support base. As she deserves. Co-produced with Ben Edwards in his homely... > Read more

West Coast

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Various Artists: Disco Not Disco (Strut vinyl)

2 Sep 2019  |  <1 min read  |  1

When this excellent collection of music – which is exactly as the title says – appeared on CD in 2000, it (and a subsequent volume) went past most people. But it was terrific collection of music which had refined New York dancefloor sounds and Kris Needs' essay explained it all. But as always it is in the grooves and there they were Yoko Ono's Walking on Thin Ice re-edited,... > Read more

Blue River Baby Band: Blue River Baby (Fire Flower/digital outlets)

2 Sep 2019  |  1 min read

Released in late July when Elsewhere was busy, this debut album is out there for this Wellington band's national tour (see dates below). Recorded live at Lee Prebble's Surgery studio, these eight songs morph between ballads and reggae-funk, psychedelic rock and soul (on the searing Crazy Town), and more. Fronted by the powerful vocals of Ivy Padilla (think somewhere between Renee Geyer... > Read more

Rupa: Disco Jazz (Numero/streaming outlets)

1 Sep 2019  |  2 min read

Sometimes the contents of an album are just as described by the title, as with this '82 album by Indian singer Rupa (born Sukla Biswas) who graduated with a BSc but whose auditions as a singer on All India Radio fired her with optimism, even though she was turned down a couple of times. She was finally accepted by AIR and . . . If only this album's story were that simple: the... > Read more

Jyoshna: Unity Hours III (

28 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

Elsewhere has long been enthusiastic about the music of ex-pat Jyoshna, who was Joanne LaTrobe when in the acoustic trio Turiiya in the mid Eighties. Although she recorded this album on the Kapiti Coast with local musicians while back in New Zealand for teaching and currently lives in Ireland, her spiritual journey has taken her through the music and esoteric philosophies of India. And... > Read more


Chris Prowse: Sweet the Bleep (Proco/digital outlets)

27 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

Something rather different this time from guitarist/songwriter Prowse whose two previous albums – Trouble on the Waterfront and There Goes the Shiner – reached back to New Zealand's political past (the '51 waterfront strike and John A Lee's stories respectively).   Here he offers 10 gentle electric guitar pieces inspired by the landscape (the opening trilogy... > Read more

Love You Long Time

Various Artists: SoundDome (Rattle)

26 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

As with a few of the more challenging albums on the Rattle label, we offer these words just by way of introduction only to this collection of sonic art pieces by five New Zealand composers who work in academia and/or create work for soundtracks. The album comes with a 10 minute DVD interview with John Coulter who has created the SoundDome, “an instrument which has inside it 25... > Read more

Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie: Roto (Southbound)

26 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

The duo at the core of Trip to the Moon here embark on more uncharted territories with Tom Ludvigson on piano and synths, Trevor Reekie on guitar, e-bow and various effects for half a dozen pieces improvised in the studio and recorded on the spot without resorting to overdubs. While we may not know how many other similarly spontaneous pieces failed to make the final cut for whatever reason,... > Read more

Catch 23

Sam V: I Made This While (Y$O)/streaming services)

25 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

This Auckland artist with serious r'n'b chops and rap in his armoury here presents a collection of 11 pieces which not only roams freely across genres (with some sampled funk and such) but sometimes within the same piece. As on the appropriately entitled opener Jumble.2 which sounds exactly that as it pops from funk to AutoTune-soul then rap (“running away from the linear”) and .... > Read more

YBN Cordae: The Lost Boy (Atlantic/streaming outlets)

25 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

On a curated playlist for artists to watch in 2019, the 21-year old Cordae Dunston – aka YBN Cordae – out of North Carolina was included with the explicit Kung Fu from his YBN:The Mixtape. That mixtape picked up artists from the YBN collective (Young Boss N*ggaz) and this is Cordae's debut album which credits 18 other producers, numerous Cordae co-wrote these with many others,... > Read more

Tom Ludvigson and Gianmarco Liguori: Espiritu Santo Variations (Sarang Bang)

19 Aug 2019  |  2 min read

The island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu is something of a tourist destination these days, notably for divers who can enjoy the clear waters and abundant tropical marine life. But while it boasts a beautiful name (Holy Spirit or, more loosely, sacred spirit), it wasn't on many outsiders' radar in the mid Seventies when the population of the islands in the archipelago was no more than 90,000.... > Read more

Sleater-Kinney: The Center Won't Hold (Mom+Pop/digital outlets)

16 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

The previous album No Cities to Love by US alt.rockers Sleater-Kinney – their return to the frontline after a decade away – was such a thrilling, confrontational, bruising and yet melodic scalpel taken to personal and socio-political issues that it was impossible to turn away. And as we said in our review at the time, it “reminds you how faint-hearted, insipid and just... > Read more

Clairo: Immunity (Fader/digital outlets)

12 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

First let's say this, when graybeards bemoan young artists getting enormous attention on the back of just a single or two, this writer is forced to remind them that exactly the same happened for the favourite artists of their era: Beatles, Stones, Cilla Black, Animals et al. So we shouldn't be dismissive just because this 20-year old American singer got over 30 million streams on You Tube... > Read more

Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell: Realm of Spells (Jah Wobble/digital outlets)

12 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

These two inventive bassists, producers and sonic innovators haven't worked together for almost two decades. But with their souls in dubbery and post-punk barrier bounding, and here with Wobble's Invaders of the Heart band, they mix horns, cool jazz (floating flute from guest Peter Apfelbaum and electronic keyboard ripples on the seductive opener Fanfare for Phenomena) and more across big... > Read more

The Impending Adorations: Allies (digital outlets)

12 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

Auckland's Paul McLaney has a long career of considerable accomplishments in various genres from acoustic singer-songwriter and rock (with Gramsci) to setting some of Shakespeare's soliloquies to music. He was also an accomplice on this excellent – and expensively produced – prog-rock hoax. Under yet another alter-ego, The Impending Adorations, he has presented four... > Read more

Late Model European: It's Time (LME/digital outlets)

11 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

Two points of interest in this appropriately entitled album: it is the debut from this local pop-rock duo of Tones Thorburn and John Nelson (and friends) and it is also one of the first vinyl pressings – here in a handsome gatefold sleeve with lyric sheet and download card – from Holiday, the new central Auckland pressing plant/record store which is getting music onto high quality,... > Read more

Spoon: Everything Hits at Once, The Best of Spoon (Matador)

9 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

Originally out of Austin, Texas a couple of decades ago, this revolving door four-piece around singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno started their career on the indie label Matador and after some major label attention for two modest selling albums on Elektra were dropped then went to Merge, their own label and now are back at Matador. This 13 song compilation not only favours... > Read more

Inside Out

Brisa Roche: Low Fidelity (digital outlets)

7 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

The previous album Father by this hitherto unheard of (at Elsewhere anyway) US artist was such an ear-opener that we commend it to you . . . and are pleased to introduce this new one. As before, she works along the acoustic singer-songwriter axis, but those many years in Paris (where she was signed to Blue Note) are apparent on the seductive opener Except for Love which has some of that... > Read more

Tiger Song

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske: Psychedelic Backfire II (Rune Grammofon/Southbound)

7 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

With last year's Greatest Show on Earth by the Norwegian power-jazz trio Elephant9, we warned they were not for the faint of heart. They were muscular, offered hard-edge funk with prog-rock tendencies and peppered a bit of wry wit throughout. But they connected at Elsewhere and so this one – with the legendary Swedish guitarist Reine Fiske who played with jazz saxophonist Jonas... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

5 Aug 2019  |  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. Comments will be brief.  Jones: Carver's Saw (Meme Records) Dedicated to the late Mark Hollis of Talk Talk (“a man of principle and a major... > Read more