Peter Broderick - Colours Of The Night

Colours Of The Night

Peter Broderick

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Peter Broderick - Colours Of The Night

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.

Reviews

The product of an unlikely collaboration between an Oregon singer-songwriter and a small group of Swiss musicians, recorded in a studio more usually associated with Alpine hip-hop, Colours of the Night is a beguiling and yet joyously engaging set that brings the best out in Peter Broderick’s voice and takes him far beyond his established musical milieu. It’s a brave departure for him, a shift away from the studied arrangements of many previous albums towards a greater sense of spontaneity and a (thoroughly justified) trust in his accompanists.

The title track, with its stylistic echoes of the world of Paul Simon’s Graceland, is exuberant and is followed by a winning rendition of Stina Nordenstam’s "Get On With Your Life". Throughout the album, Broderick conveys the sense that he has a confidence in his songs to the extent that a hitherto unknown (to him) band can bring out their quality. It’s a risk, of course, but the rewards are at times startling.

The opener, "Red Earth" builds slowly from delicate guitar and fragile harmonies to a fullness of sound that establishes a coherence subsequently sustained across the album. From here to a doo-wop composition, "The Reconnection", sounds an unorthodox journey but Broderick makes it by recognising that his own and the band’s rhythmic phrasing have a natural affinity. It’s as if Broderick’s famed meticulousness, so much in evidence in, for instance, his work with Nils Frahm on 2011’s Oliveray album Wonders is here transposed into a greater sense of self-confidence, allowing freer exploration than on many albums hitherto. Even the multi-tracked a cappella "If I Sinned" has Broderick in new (for him) territory that arouses no fears and should, one hopes, lay to rest his anxieties brought on by over-concern with translating studio productions into live performance. A song like "Our Best", with its rich horns and beautiful female harmonies develops with just the right subtle shifts in pace, and is surely one of the finest things he has ever done.

It’s a diverse and ambitious album that could, in lesser hands, have been so much less than the sum of its parts. That so much carries conviction, from the Afro-beat of "One Way" to the changing rhythms and almost industrial echo of "On Time", is testimony to Broderick’s talent as a writer and to the generous and sympathetic work of the Lucerne musicians who help bring his ideas to majestic realisation.

Ray Honeybourne The Line Of Best Fit 9/10

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (BELLA483V)
  1. Peter Broderick - Red Earth
  2. Peter Broderick - The Reconnection
  3. Peter Broderick - Colours of the Night
  4. Peter Broderick - Get On With Your Life
  5. Peter Broderick - If I Sinned
  6. Peter Broderick - Our Best
  7. Peter Broderick - One Way
  8. Peter Broderick - On Time
  9. Peter Broderick - More and More
  10. Peter Broderick - Rotebode
CD Album (BELLA483CD)
  1. Peter Broderick - Red Earth
  2. Peter Broderick - The Reconnection
  3. Peter Broderick - Colours of the Night
  4. Peter Broderick - Get On With Your Life
  5. Peter Broderick - If I Sinned
  6. Peter Broderick - Our Best
  7. Peter Broderick - One Way
  8. Peter Broderick - On Time
  9. Peter Broderick - More and More
  10. Peter Broderick - Rotebode
Download Album (BELLA483DIG)
  1. Peter Broderick - Red Earth
  2. Peter Broderick - The Reconnection
  3. Peter Broderick - Colours of the Night
  4. Peter Broderick - Get On With Your Life
  5. Peter Broderick - If I Sinned
  6. Peter Broderick - Our Best
  7. Peter Broderick - One Way
  8. Peter Broderick - On Time
  9. Peter Broderick - More and More
  10. Peter Broderick - Rotebode