Folk is nearly the only thing Doug and I have in common. He was a DJ at the radio station doing electronica shows–his shows were so electronic that he did his “mic breaks” (announcing tracks, public service announcements, etc) with a computer text-to-speech program. But somehow we had folky music in common. We even cohosted one very odd, but memorable combination show on that genre. He’s a good person to have around–he was really early on the Fionn Regan train, for instance.
The other day I got an email from him about Peter Broderick, a Portland and Copenhagen-based songwriter. I’ve mentioned Broderick before, but you had to have eagle eyes–he’s the other guy in Horse Feathers. (He’s also in Danish group Efterklang.) So I’d heard of him but never investigated his solo music. I’m glad Doug prodded me to.
There seems to be a growing set of “gorgeous folk”. It might just need to be a genre–J. Tillman, Horse Feathers, old Iron & Wine, and Adem could all be in it. Broderick could join that group as well. The more the merrier, I say.
Broderick treads particularly in the lush aspects. Whispery vocals, active-but-soothing fingerpicking, and just enough reverb to make things float. Home won’t keep you awake at work, but it does have a set of gorgeous folk songs. Some songs are more straight ahead fingerpicked folk songs and others tend towards a minimalist, almost post rock-influenced vibe of drawing out the music.
“With the Notes in my Ears” is one of my favorites. The simple simple fingerpicked guitar and double tracked vocals give way to almost reverent backing vocals. “Not at Home” falls in the repetitive-but-hypnotic-not-boring category. The accordion (harmonium?) and bells add a nice touch.
Broderick along with Efterklang have a date in San Francisco in March:
3/10 Efterklang, Peter Broderick @ Bottom of the Hill, 9pm, $12, 21+
He has some dates listed in Seattle, Portland and in the UK, but he doesn’t have a lot else listed stateside. Check his myspace for details.
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