Peter Broderick may be unknown to many readers of RA. He certainly doesn’t make house or techno. His simple and direct work instead slots him next to homespun ambient artists like Goldmund and Deaf Center. Broderick’s connection with the world of electronic music began by playing with the Danish band Efterklang, a group who deftly incorporates field recordings and synthesized flourishes into their chamber pop. These Walls of Mine is Broderick’s latest album, and it’s simultaneously his most personal and electronic record yet. We caught up in Berlin earlier this month to talk about skateboarding, music reviews and the similarities between pizza-making and music-making.
Original Album Version by Peter Broderick
Rival Consoles Remix by Ryan L. West
Ahead of Peter Broderick’s new album release ‘These Walls Of Mine’ out on October 22nd via Erased Tapes, label mate Ryan L. West aka Rival Consoles offers a free remix of Peter’s gospel album track ‘Proposed Solution To The Mystery Of The Soul’. Fans can download and compare this official remix with a full stream of the original album version via Soundcloud now.
Resident Advisorhave also released an exclusive interview through their RA Exchange podcast series, which goes through the musical life of Peter Broderick from his birth to date. Fans can listen to the revealing, over one hour long interview via Resident Advisor here or via iTunes here.
Words from Ryan L. West
“This track stood out to me on his album because it’s basically a great a cappella – with great lyrics. I really like the simplicity and phrasing of the lyrics and the melody and the way it develops. I think it was the sense of space around the vocals that inspired me to do something with it. I just wanted to know if that space could be explored or if it should be left alone.
I did start out remixing it in a very minimal way, very reduced drums, but it sort of grew into a very big structure, though the individual parts are very simple. It’s all about the right kind of layering. I recorded all the synths with a monophonic instrument like Peter did with his vocals, so I would record in sequences of notes and over time it began to build a sense of a structure. The whole piece is made out of one melody in triplets with different variations. There are no chords, only melodies.
The piece is more about mood and rhythm – different rhythms and different energiesm like rhythms in 3 over 4 and different speeds, off beats, syncopation etc. They all push the music forward in different ways.”
Words from Resident Advisor
‘His prodigious reputation continues with These Walls of Mine’ – BBC Music
‘You’ll fall for Peter Broderick’s humour and ingenuity in the end’ ★★★★ – Q Magazine
‘At times emotive and playful, Broderick has created a cohesive album of delicate, Russell-esque melodies with enough wonkiness, experimentation and spoken word to make a unique, personal and engaging release of happy accidents’ – Exclaim!
‘I’ve Tried is a delightful appetizer to his soulful upcoming LP’ – Noisey.com