Robert Scott Ends Run Together

Robert Scott Ends Run Together
For some reason that isn't immediately clear, there's an immense amount of really good music coming out of New Zealand at the moment. And even more curiously, a lot of it is arriving via the stalwarts of that scene, such as Robert Scott. His third solo album, Ends Run Together, is more than happy to continue the tradition of the bands he's been involved with for so many years, namely the Bats and the Clean. That doesn't mean he's simply re-treading old, familiar ground though because the slower songs are reminiscent of the Go-Betweens and his willingness to mix in some Krautrock with the jangly guitars makes for a very solid album. The downside is that there's nothing particularly striking about it either ― there are no weak spots, but it drifts by without making much of a lasting impression. Or to put it another way: it's just another good album from one of the original Dunedin crowd. (Flying Nun)