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Peter Broderick

4-Track Songs

(Type; US: 1 Sep 2009; UK: 1 Sep 2009)

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick’s album, Home, was the best album of 2008 that I didn’t hear until 2009. A cross between stark folk-ish songs and modern-classical/ambient instrumentals, it made a strong impression, cutting to somewhere deep while also soothing. That same gorgeous mood—peaceful yet substantial—is present in his purely instrumental music, like his debut album, Float. 4 Track Songs is mostly instrumental, too, but it has some of his song-ier numbers as well. A grab bag of 25 early recordings that preceded Float, it represents a varied, channel-changing dive into Broderick’s artistic sensibility. The songs have casual descriptive titles, like “A Simple String Duet”, “More of a Composition”, or “Piano & Rain”, and when collected, they give 4 Track Songs a more casual nature than any of Broderick’s other releases. Yet many of these pieces are stunning, displaying his gift for playing an instrument (be it piano, violin, or guitar) in a simple way that nonetheless can stir up powerful emotions and create vivid settings. It’s an “inessential” release that feels nothing but essential.

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Dave Heaton has been writing about music on a regular basis since 1993, first for unofficial college-town newspapers and DIY fanzines and now mostly on the Internet. In 2000, the same year he started writing for PopMatters, he founded the online arts magazine ErasingClouds.com, still around but often in flux. He writes music reviews for the print magazine The Big Takeover. He is a music obsessive through and through. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


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