Bio

Peter Broderick (born 20 January 1987 in Portland, Oregon) is an American musician and composer. He has released solo material under his own name, been a member of Efterklang, and played and/or toured with several ensembles including Horse Feathers, M. Ward, She & Him, Norfolk & Western, Laura Gibson, and others. His solo work is quite varied, but is often grounded by piano and/or strings. Broderick he grew up in a small town of Carlton, near Portland, Oregon. Coming from a musical family, he started violin lessons at age 7, and in high school became interested in all different kinds of instruments. He started to play piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, musical saw, and anything else he could find. After high school he moved to Portland, OR, where he studied music theory and filmmaking. During this time he began to play in multiple bands around town, and was able to establish himself as a regular session musician at various recording studios for artists like M. Ward. In late 2007 he was miraculously invited by some of his musical heroes, the Danish band Efterklang, to move to Copenhagen and join the live band. So he did, and since then he has toured with the band all around the world, playing hundreds of concerts, and opening many of them as a solo act. Since this move he has released several solo recordings as well. Starting with a few primarily instrumental, piano-based releases in 2007, then branching out into a completely different world with the more folky 'Home' in late 2008, which has all but established Broderick as the young composer to watch - with critical acclaim from music magazines (NME/Mojo/Uncut) and broadsheet press alike. 'A precociously talented, classically trained multi-instrumentalist' - The Independent / 'A songwriter of beguiling depth' #19 Album of 2008 - The Sunday Times 2009 saw his first major release, 'Music for Falling From Trees', a 30-minute piece, in seven sections, created for a contemporary dance by London-based choreographer Adrienne Hart (Neon Productions). Adrienne was looking for a score of piano and strings, so he left the guitar and his voice aside and focused entirely on those two timbres. 'I decided to take this literally and make a rule not to use any other instrument. In the script it called for the sound of a ticking clock. I made this sound by tapping on the body of the violin with my fingernails.' The dance tells the story of a man in a psychiatric hospital, and his struggle to maintain his identity. The music is sometimes melancholic, sometimes playful, sometimes chaotic, but with the combination of piano and strings, full of beauty, reverence and awe. The dance premièred at The Place, London, on January 21st, 2009. His album "'These Walls Of Mine" was released in 2012.

Reviews

Peter Broderick Wilmot United Church, Fredericton NB, January 24

Thanks largely in part to the recent growth of small community-centric music festivals such as SappyFest, Shivering Songs, Obey, and In the Dead of Winter, the Maritimes -- and New Brunswick in particular -- have had the opportunity to experience a wealth of talented, understated, lo-fi and stripped-down musicians for which the bay-residing show-going public seems to have a growing affinity... Read More »

New Releases for December 2013

Erased Tapes has reissued 26 year-old American composer Peter Broderick's 2008 debut album Float. Returning to his home in Oregon, where his musical journey began, Peter completes the circle with the release of Float 2013 (ERATP 054CD/LP), accompanied by a 7" single with exclusive material. Float 2013 Addendum features album track "Something Has Changed" re-arranged as a duet for violin and viola, with the new title "Something Has Remained... Read More »

Peter Broderick - Float 2013 / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound

The work of American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Peter Broderick has always intrigued, without necessarily always impressing. It would be easy to cast him as a novelty act, especially in the light of his 2012 releases www.itstartshear.com (an album released as a website) and These Walls of Mine (in which Broderick toyed with hip hop), but this Erased Tapes reissue of Float, Broderick's 2008 LP should remind people that such a characterisation is unfair... Read More »

Peter Broderick - These Walls of Mine (from metacritic)

Peter Broderick has played with lots of people - from M. Ward to Library Tapes to Efterklang - and seems to be constantly searching for his own voice in his solo work. Or maybe he's just constantly reinventing himself. But while he borrowed from composers before him to make the solid Music for Falling from Trees, he seemed to have found his own voice as a composer on the haunting, excellent Music for Confluence... Read More »

Peter Broderick - These Walls of Mine (from metacritic)

By all means singers, get out there and break the rules. But whatever you do, please please don't read your emails as a substitute for writing some lyrics. Especially if you are Maine-born one-man-band Peter Broderick and you make a habit out of writing superb lyrics. But infuriatingly, that's exactly what he does on two out of the ten tracks on this otherwise impressive album as Freyr... Read More »

Peter Broderick - These Walls of Mine (from metacritic)

Peter Broderick These Walls of MineBy Vincent PollardThose familiar with the work of Peter Broderick (Float, for example) might be surprised by his new release, which has more in common with the solo home recordings of Arthur Russell than the fluid blend of contemporary classical and ambient Broderick is most known for... Read More »

Peter Broderick - These Walls of Mine (from theaureview)

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick has returned with These Walls of Mine, his second release this year. It's a quirky album, and even now after repeated listens I'm not completely sure how I feel about it. A mish-mash of styles and ideas, the album never really feels like a cohesive whole. Broderick throughout seems to move in musical tangents, flitting between genres with ease, which all adds to the albums disjointed feel... Read More »

Peter Broderick - These Walls of Mine (from popmatters)

Peter Broderick has played with lots of people - from M. Ward to Library Tapes to Efterklang - and seems to be constantly searching for his own voice in his solo work. Or maybe he's just constantly reinventing himself. But while he borrowed from composers before him to make the solid Music for Falling from Trees, he seemed to have found his own voice as a composer on the haunting, excellent Music for Confluence... Read More »

Peter Broderick - http://www.itstartshear.com (from theaureview)

Peter Broderick's http://www.itstartshear.com isn't your average record. Sure it got your regular release in all the regular formats, but unlike most regular albums, this one's got it's own website. Giving listeners and fans chances to not just see Broderick perform a number of the songs, but also get his personal insights into the lyrics and the song's background. Not only is the music on offer strikingly beautiful, it's also a clever and novel way for the artist to connect with their audience... Read More »

Peter Broderick - These Walls of Mine (from drownedinsound)

'Peter Broderick's hip-hop record'. That was the pet name that a good friend of mine lovingly (and apprehensively) assigned the Efterklang collaborator's latest album after watching this teaser video. Whether releasing music as much as a website than as an album (as with his last effort for Bella Union, http://www.itstartshear... Read More »

News

Jon Hopkins details Late Night Tales, featuring Four Tet, Holy Other and more

More Songs of Green Pheasant - I Am Daylights Jonsi & Alex - Daníell In The Sea Evenings - Babe Letherette -- After Dawn Jon Hopkins - I Remember (Yeasayer cover version) David Holmes -- Hey Maggy Alela Diane -- Lady Divine Four Tet -- Gillie Amma I Love You School of Seven Bells -- Connjur <span>Peter Broderick</span> - And It's Alright (Nils Frahm Remix) Health - Before Tigers (Gold Panda Remix) Last Days - Missing Photos Bibio - Down To The Sound A Winged Victory For The Sullen -- Requiem For The Static King 1 Helios -- Emancipation Rick Holland - I Remember (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) Jon Hopkins details Late Night Tales, Read More »

New Album Roundup: Four Tet, James Blake, Purity Ring, More

Daylights" 7. Jónsi & Alex, "Danielle In The Sea" 8. Evenings, "Babe" 9. Letherette, "After Dawn" 10. Jon Hopkins, "I Remember" (Yeasayer cover) 11. David Holmes, "Hey Maggy" 12. Alela Diane, "Lady Divine" 13. Four Tet, "Gillie Amma I Love You" 14. School of Seven Bells, "Connjur" 15. <span>Peter Broderick</span>, "And It's Alright (Nils Frahm Remix)" 16. Health, "Before Tigers (Gold Panda Remix)" 17. Last Days, "Missing Photos" 18. Bibio, "Down To The Sound" 19. A Winged Victory For The Sullen, "Requiem For The Static King 1″ 20. Helios, "Emancipation" 21. Rick Holland, "I Remember" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) Read More »

Jon Hopkins Covers Yeasayer on Late Night Tales

Daylights" 07 Jónsi & Alex: Daniell "In The Sea" 08 Evenings: "Babe" 09 Letherette: "After Dawn" 10 Jon Hopkins: "I Remember" (Yeasayer cover version) 11 David Holmes: "Hey Maggy" 12 Alela Diane: "Lady Divine" 13 Four Tet: "Gillie Amma I Love You" 14 School of Seven Bells: "Connjur" 15 <span>Peter Broderick</span>: "And It's Alright (Nils Frahm Remix)" 16 Health: "Before Tigers (Gold Panda Remix)" 17 Last Days: "Missing Photos" 18 Bibio: "Down To The Sound" 19 A Winged Victory For The Sullen: "Requiem For The Static King 1" 20 Helios: "Emancipation" 21 Rick Holland: "I Remember" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) Watch Read More »

Download a free Erased Tapes compilation featuring Nils Frahm, Kiasmos and Clark

striking a chord with listeners on the lookout for subtle, rainy day moods and a bit of orchestral melancholy. To kick off the year, the label is offering a free 11-track compilation compiled by founder Robert Raths and featuring some of the highlights from current releases by Lubomyr Melnyk, <span>Peter Broderick</span>, Rival Consoles, Douglas Dare, Nils Frahm, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Kiasmos and Michael Price. There's also an exclusive, previously unreleased song by Greg Gives Peter Space and a Clark remix of Nils Frahm's 'Peter'. To download it, sign up to the Erased Tapes website and you'll find Read More »

Peter Broderick Returns with '(Colours of the Night) Satellite' EP

Oregon composer <span>Peter Broderick</span> has apparently struggled with his health as of late, but he's now back with a new EP. (Colours of the Night) Satellite is due out on October 14 through Bella Union/[PIAS]. A press release explains that Broderick has been living in Berlin, but a "debilitating illness" forced him to come back home and scale down his workload. He recorded the EP in Lucerne, Switzerland, with producer Timo Keller. "One of the record's main themes is how bad stuff can have a rejuvenating effect," the songwriter said in a statement. The tracklist is below. Scroll past that to hear the opening ... submit it to peterbroderickmail@gmail.com. The two best submissions will be released on a limited-edition 7-inch. The stems are available here. The deadline is December 1, and Broderick requests that remixes be less than five minutes long in order to fit onto a 7-inch. The EP will be followed by a full-length in the spring 2015. (Colours of the Night) Satellite: 1. Colours of the Night (Satellite Version) 2. Take Me Back 3. Love Defines You 4. Colours Of The Night (Greg Haines Dub Version) 5. More and More (Mouth Trumpet Version) <span>Peter Broderick</span> Returns with '(Colours of the Night) Satellite' EP Read More »

Cassette Store Day Reveals 2014 Releases

Overground (Paisley Shirt Records) The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold (Saddle Creek) PUJOL - Reunited States of Being (Saddle Creek) Jack McConnell - Tape It Back (Zipp and Associates Record Label) Sea Monkey See - Boy Genius (White Raven Records) <span>Peter Broderick</span> + Gabriel Saloman (Beacon Sound) Chuck Ragan - Till Midnight (SideOneDummy Records) The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (SideOneDummy Records) Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island (SideOneDummy Records) Restorations - LP2 (SideOneDummy Records) Restorations - LP2 (SideOneDummy Records) The Gaslight Anthem Read More »

Cassette Store Day reveals US releases, including tapes from Vivian Girls, Dntel and Immortal

of black metal reissues from Nuclear Blast (Immortal, Enslaved, Testament etc) there's an under-the-radar new record from Dntel entitled Human Voice Outtakes (which we're guessing is outtakes from his Leaving Records full-length Human Voice), a reissue of the third Vivian Girls LP Share the Joy, a collaboration album from <span>Peter Broderick</span> and Yellow Swans' Gabriel Saloman, a metric shit ton of compilation tapes, and a whole lot more. Have a look at the entire list over at the Cassette Store Day site, and marvel at the fact that the humble tape still actually exists. If you fancy a more pruned selection, Read More »

LISTEN: Stream Greg Gives Peter Space's LP

&appId; Greg Gives Peter Space will release their self-titled mini-album on June 20 via Erased Tapes. The project is the collaborative work of British born, Berlin-based composer Greg Haines and American multi-instrumentalist <span>Peter Broderick</span>, known for his past work with Nils Frahm and Efterklang. The album showcases the pair's "recent obsession with dub", and their use of analogue synths and vintage delay units, along with their choice of live mixing and tape recording, is an homage to producers of that genre. Promising "groovy rhythms, heavy bass and spacey synthesisers", the duo are Read More »

Sharon Van Etten announces release date for new album

follow up to 2012's Tramp with a one-off UK show at London's KOKO on June 5, and will play Green Man Festival in August. Scroll down for the Are We There? tracklisting. The album is self-produced with guests turns from Torres' Mackenzie Scott, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter and Efterklang affiliate <span>Peter Broderick</span>. "I decided I needed to prove to myself that it was my songwriting," Van Etten said, while promising "standard mid-tempo Sharon guitar ballads" for the record. Speaking about the sound of the album, she added: "My writing's getting better and the arrangements are getting weirder, in a good way." The Read More »

Song of the Day: Chantal Acda - Arms Up High

by its sauntering guitar riff, soothing vocals and thoughtfully placed string and key interludes. Acda urges you to "release yourself from sleeplessness." The track comes across as uncomplicated, but only because it was deliberately crafted to feel that way. You'll hear Oregonian <span>Peter Broderick</span>'s vocals complementing Acda's delicate voice and innovative German pianist and producer Nils Frahm, who recently performed in-studio at KEXP, providing the subtle piano crescendo which magnifies Acda's voice without overwhelming it. Chantal uses imagery of arms and hands as guides in the Read More »

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