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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

Lake South: Wellington/Te Upoko O Te Ika (Home Alone/digital outlets)

2 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

The smarter local artists realise that they need a point of difference/interest in these days of streaming where their music just exists in the endless ether of other music. So vinyl releases, cassettes and CDs with booklets, decent artwork and so on entice fans and the casual listener into buying the artefact as opposed to just streaming, a practice out of which the artist gets little... > Read more

Ellice Street

Albi and the Wolves: This is War (Second Hand Records/digital outlets)

30 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

One of the most interesting and insightful respondents to an Elsewhere questionnaire was singer-songwriter Chris Dent aka Albi of this energetic folk trio. His answers were thorough and, even now a year on, well worth reading. That they made such strong and thoughtful music almost seemed a bonus . . . but it's been a while since their debut album One Eye Open three years ago. This time... > Read more

Al Fraser, Sam Leamy, Neil Johnstone: Panthalassa (Rattle)

29 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Some weeks before the release of this new album by taonga puoro artist Al Fraser (who has previously appeared at Elsewhere, and here with yet another ensemble of contributors), I mentioned to Rattle's great helmsman Steve Garden that I imagine Maori filmmakers and television producers would be beating a path to Fraser's door for soundtrack work. Seems that is increasingly so and, now signed... > Read more


Skyscraper Stan: Golden Boy Vol I and Vol II (digital outlets)

28 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Yes, Stan Woodhouse does literally stand tall, but he also has a towering musical presence on this second album after Last Year's Tune about four years ago. He's a troubadour who explores characters on the periphery of society or those – as on the opener Dole Queues and Dunhill Blues where he reaches for the anxiety of the young David Byrne, bewildered and angry about the world he is... > Read more


Rei: The Bridge (digital outlets)

26 Jul 2019  |  1 min read  |  1

Auckland-based Callum Rei McDougal – aka Rei – came out of the gate fast; in 2015 when in his early 20s he picked up Best Maori Urban Album at the Waiata Maori Music Awards for his debut C.H.I.E.F. And he repeated the trick with his second album A Place to Stand. On this third album he again mixes the socio-political and the personal on songs here like... > Read more

Steph Casey: The Seats in My Car (digital outlets)

24 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Recorded at Lee Prebble's Surgery in Wellington and backed by the likes of Caroline Easther, Allan Galloway, Murray Costello and others with impeccable pedigree, this second album by the acclaimed indie.folk singer Steph Casey – whose debut Whisper and Holler went top five here at home and got favourable notices internationally – confirms a strong and unique talent. After the... > Read more

Wukong the Monkey King: 21st Century Time Travelling (digital outlets)

22 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

It's widely accepted that some of the most interesting things in life and the arts happen when cultures rub against each. Focus that down onto music and when genres are scrambled or denied, and when sounds from various cultures come into play you get Womads, contemporary world music and things like the recent albums by 75 Dollar Bill, Sarathy Korwar and . . . and this five-piece from... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Mark Mulcahy: The Gus (Mezzotint/Southbound)

21 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Given the admirers who appeared on the 2009 tribute album to him included Frank Black, Thom Yorke, Juliana Hatfield, Michael Stipe, the National and many other luminaries, you'd think this US singer-songwriter would be much better known. He's released five albums under his own name (Elsewhere reviewed the last two) as well as those with his bands Miracle Legion (mostly defunct) and Polaris.... > Read more

Wicked World

The Four Fours; Complete Singles 1963-66. Human Instinct and the Four Fours; 1983-68 (both Frenzy)

20 Jul 2019  |  2 min read

While talking with a friend, who knows a lot about all kinds of New Zealand music, we agreed that not every local band was great and not every album a Kiwi classic. Despite what their champions might say. Yes, we had some excellent musicians, and even many great ones, but often the vehicles they had – the band around them, their singles and/or albums – were... > Read more

Renaissance Fair, by Human Instinct (1968)

Sarathy Korwar: More Arriving (Leaf/Southbound)

19 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

The previous studio album Day to Day by this US-born, India-raised and Britain-based percussionist/scene-maker received immense praise at Elsewhere and was in our best of 2016 list. It was a blazing and exciting fusion of samples, electronica and jazz. It was also quite the challenge. This time out Korwar – shying not a bit from making challenging music – invites in a number... > Read more


75 Dollar Bill: I Was Real (Glitterbeat/Southbound)

12 Jul 2019  |  2 min read

Anyone who saw the extraordinary Noura Mint Seymali from Mauritania at Womad Taranaki in 2018 couldn't help but be impressed by her husband on guitar whose playing was fluid, mercurial, seemingly effortless and shapeshifting of melodies and chords. Unfortunately that playing by Jeiche Ould Chigaly was only hinted at on the album Arbina . . . but his name alone made such a deep impression... > Read more


Thom Yorke: Anima (XL/Rhythmethod)

8 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

When the Italian indie-cult horror film Suspiria – with a soundtrack by prog-rockers Goblin – appeared on television recently you had to wonder why, after more than 40 years, it would suddenly pop up on the small screen. Perhaps because of the recent remake which had new and very impressive music by Radiohead's Thom Yorke? Maybe encouraged by the approval his soundtrack... > Read more

Various Artists: Three Day Week (Ace/Border)

8 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Think of the musical landscape of Britain in the early Seventies: the glam-camp of Bowie and T Rex and Wizzard; prog-rock by Genesis and the Moody Blues, the heavy boots of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and others; the art-rock of Roxy Music, mainstream pop and Hawkwind . . . Well, there was another more depressing Britain as this 26 song compilation – subtitled When The... > Read more

Home Fit for Heroes, by the Edgar Broughton Band (1972)

Phil Alvin: Un “Sung Stories” (Ace/Border)

8 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Although America's Blasters never really got their due in the late Seventies/early Eighties for their full throated blues, rockabilly and rock'n'roll-based sound in the punk era, one of the co-founders Dave Alvin went on to a significant solo career. His co-founding brother Phil didn't pursue much music after the band broke up – he studied maths and AI at university and as a post-grad... > Read more

Daddy Rollin' Stone

Andrew Masseurs: Traveller in the Sky (digital outlets)

7 Jul 2019  |  <1 min read

Andrew Masseurs was the lung-power out front of Wellington's quite exceptional four-piece Ammp some years back, and in 2011 Elsewhere recommended their stadium-shaped album Back of the Sun. Now let it be said what he did then and does now, is go the whole Bono on the driving, wide-screen ballads of anthemic proportions. So if you've had your fill of U2 then you probably don't... > Read more

Black Keys: “Let's Rock” (Easy Eye)

6 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

The first time I saw the Black Keys was at a Kings Arms gig when they were just starting out and were being acclaimed by the bFM crowd as some kind of alt.blues band. They were pretty dire and I remember thinking (as I subsequently wrote) that even on a bad night – and I saw him on one – George Thorogood would wipe the floor with them for energy, chops and guitar fury. But... > Read more

Kokomo: Sunset Claws (Boatshed/digital outlets)

30 Jun 2019  |  1 min read

It's been a long time between new albums for this long-running Bay of Plenty band and their gritty blues-grounded pop-rock, country-rock and dark ballads. Three years ago they offered a damn fine career retrospective with Batten Down the Hatches and you might have thought that was acting as fine farewell . . . but no. Here they come again – five years on from their last studio... > Read more

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