Laura Arkana Met Peter Broderick - Lentemuziek
While Peter Broderick needs no introduction among these pages, Laura Arkana was new to my ears when I came across this album. While she sings in Dutch and I cannot follow along what she is singing about I still find myself gravitating toward her voice and wonderful, uplifting melodies. Peter Broderick’s classic elegance is found on every track and makes for a beautiful collaboration. It’s one I am happy to have a vinyl copy of, perfect for a quiet night by the fire.
Peter Broderick - Ten Duets
I will start of my saying that this release is unfortunately already sold out and gone from buying existence, which is a shame really. It was released in limited number on cassette tape and quickly sold out at the various places which carried it. Peter Broderick has quickly made a name for himself in the past couple of years and for good reason, his peaceful minded approach to creating music is easy to fall in love with and this release is no exception. Its stunning in its simplicity, each song written and performed with only two elements, two instruments, ranging from piano to violin to sampled environments. Its a recent favorite and I can only hope that one day the music may be made available again in another format but perhaps it is best suited to remain a musical rarity in its physical form, scattered about the world in a small handful of collections. I usually dont ever condone the use of the internet to find music among file sharing sites but I may have to make an exception here because its very much worth tracking down. The version of it I have here is simply someone who recorded each side of the tape as two audio files which I kind of like because it feels like its being presented in a way that is true to its original format. So heres to hoping it will become available again but if not, happy hunting.
Peter Broderick - Home
An album I came across recently that I have really enjoyed. While its not music that will put you to sleep it is a gentle collection of songs that leaves you feeling good despite its sometimes melancholy lyrics. Reminiscent of other recent acoustic indie rock/folk artists such as Jose Gonzolez and Gravenhurst the music is light and swirling and may best fit an afternoon in the sun. One of my favorites on here, ‘And it’s All Right’ starts simply and slowly builds layer by layer into a thick declaration of hope that breaks off suddenly leaving you feeling like you were floating. Much of the album carries wonderful moments like this with memorable, catchy melodies and layered vocals that will leave you wanting to leave this one on repeat. This album also contains one of my favorite songs of 2008 a vague story of falling called ‘Below It’.
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