Peter Broderick is an artist who came to my attention when one of his tracks, Below It, was included on a Bella Union sampler given out with Uncut magazine earlier this year. It stood out on what was a fine compilation with it's combination of lush melodies and heartfelt vocals.
This led me to seek out more of his music, his 2008 album Home from which Below It was taken is a collection of sparse soundscapes with layered vocals whereas Docile and Music For Falling From Trees are instrumental albums showcasing his piano and string compositions.
Broderick was born in 1987 in Oregon and is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, he first became a session musician, playing violin, banjo, musical saw and mandolin for the likes of M. Ward, Zooey Deschanel and Delorean. He then went on to tour with several bands including Horse Feathers, Norfolk & Western, Loch Lomond and Laura Gibson before relocating to Copenhagen in 2007 to join the Danish ensemble Efterklang. It was following touring with Efterklang that he started releasing his solo material.
I recently attended the Greenman Festival and was thrilled to see Broderick was on the bill, playing on the second stage on the Saturday afternoon. Despite being over all too quickly his set did not disappoint, the audience seemed unsure what to expect but he soon had them captivated with his solo performance, recording and looping live samples and then layering other instruments and vocals over the top.
He has a new album out on Type Records this month called 4 Track Songs, it's a 29 track album of melodic post-folk music featuring both vocal and instrumental tracks that should appeal to fans of the likes of Grizzly Bear and Bon Iver.