One of our longest serving and most magical artists Peter Broderick releases his new album Colours of the Night today on Bella Union; we are thrilled and blessed to share it with you!
Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland.
Through several memorable concert evenings in the town on various tours, he developed a friendship with some of the locals, who eventually got the idea of inviting Broderick to be a guest of the city for three weeks while recording an album with a backing band of local musicians. All of which was to take place in the studio of Timo Keller, a local producer and engineer known primarily for his involvement in the Swiss hip-hop scene.
Rewind a few years, back to 2012, which saw the release of Broderick’s last album for Bella Union, the ambitious http://www.itstartshear.com, recorded over the course of three years by Berlin’s producer/pianist extraordinaire Nils Frahm. After spending all that time in the studio, working and reworking to the point of exhaustion, Broderick struggled with the idea of recreating the album on stage, and eventually cancelled all tour plans, ending up in the hospital with a stress-born illness. Struggling to stay healthy and lacking the energy to carry on, Broderick returned to his his native Oregon, where he took a much needed break and slowly started rebuilding his approach toward music and life in general.
At this time of respite came the offer from Lucerne. Having always taken pride in playing all of the instruments himself, without anything in the way of a proper rhythm section, Broderick found the idea of working with a backing band intriguing and refreshing. And refreshing it proved! “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to simplify and consolidate my own role in the music.”
Recording all the basic tracks as a live band, they quickly found a groove and lilt that carries throughout the variety of song styles. From the Afro-tinged title track and playful ‘One Way’, to the doo-wop swing of ‘The Reconnection’ and rather unclassifiable analogue/digital blend of tracks like ‘Red Earth’ and ‘On Time’, Peter Broderick’s latest outing sees the well-versed musician truly embracing his surroundings, however foreign they may be, and allowing himself the freedom to be transformed by those surroundings and elevated to new heights in creative expression.
Colours Of The Night is released today, 27th April, on Bella Union.
Watch the video for One Way below:
DOOMSQUAD is a Toronto-based art project made up of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas. Following on from 2014’s Kalaboogie (Hand Drawn Dracula/No Pain In Pop) the band have announced a new EP titled Pageantry Suite due for release on May 25th via Bella Union.
The trio create experimental dance music that’s heavily indebted to trance and psychedelia. As interdisciplinary artists, the band brings a wide range of influences to bear throughout their work. From far-reaching global beats to the sounds of their local community, it’s all thoughtfully curated and channeled into a project of immersion and unity. The result is a mesmerizing sonic landscape of dynamic repetition. DOOMSQUAD constructs a contemplative space for deep listening, within the music and within yourself.
The band will be performing across the UK & Europe supporting FUCKED UP who have also invited to join them to play a special series of exclusive ‘Zodiac’ shows.
Doomsquad will also play a special headline London show at Dalston Roof Park.
Those dates below…
Saturday 23rd May – LIVERPOOL, Sound City Festival
Sunday 24th May – Marble Factory in BRISTOL w/ Fucked Up
Monday 25th May – Mine for GOLD SOUNDS FESTIVAL, LEEDS w/ Fucked Up
Tuesday 26th May – Koko, LONDON w/ Fucked Up
Wednesday 27th May – Shacklewell Arms, LONDON, UK w/ Fucked Up
29th May – Dalston Roof Park, LONDON tickets
Friday 26 June – BEXHILL-ON-SEA – De La Warr Pavillion
Saturday 27 June – PILTON – Glastonbury Festival
Thurs-Sun 20-23 August – BRECON BEACONS – Green Man Festival
Friday 23 October – BELFAST – Mandela Hall
Monday 26 October – SHEFFIELD – Plug
Tuesday 27 October – CAMBRIDGE – Junction
Wednesday 28 October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 29 October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**