Think I’m a little late reviewing this record. It is a 2009 release for sure, but I’ve only got my grubby little paws on it now and I’m pretty sure it was released much earlier this year. Anyways, I am a pretty big Peter Broderick fan. His previous album ‘Home’ was stunning and his work with Horse Feathers is equally beautiful. And then of course he went and signed with Erased Tapes who are home to some fabulous artists including TSP favourites Olafur Arnalds and Finn. This is a slight departure from the previous Peter Broderick record simply because it’s fully instrumental. Whilst ‘Home’ delivered pop gems that sparkled and shone like little diamonds, this record has a whole different ambiance and atmosphere about it. Classically trained on the violin (i think) Broderick is known for his string arrangements on the Horse Feathers records, and his ability to beautifully arrange instrumentation come to the fore on this startlingly dark and haunting piece of work. Similar in style to label mate Arnalds and clearly nodding towards influences such as Max Richter, Johann Johannsson and even, to a certain degree, Ludovico Einaudi, this is a really fascinating change in pace from the young Scandanavian. I’m a sucker for simplistic piano. For dark, lush string arrangements. I love this particular style of classical. It’s not over blown. In fact it’s completely understated. But Broderick adds his own twist to the pot. Sometimes jarring, sometimes dischordant but always retaining the beauty and always underpinned by a beautiful warmth. It really has been the perfect record for me at the end of a long, tiring week. My head hurts tonight. As I sit and listen to this, with a nice glass of red wine I can just feel that pain melting away. Check out Peter Broderick here. And buy his records here. Enjoy.
TSP Grade = B+/A-