Peter Broderick - Float 2013

Broderick’s work always reminds me of things that Rodelius does; especially when you take into account those very minimal, spacious, but melancholic piano runs...

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Ah Peter Broderick! Incendiary does like you! Float isn’t as mental as his last LP, These Walls of Mine (which was nevertheless one of our records of the year in 2012) but what could be? This reissue of his 2008 LP is more, well, normal isn’t the right word exactly, but it’s certainly more expected. It’s very much a straightforward, modern classical affair; and five years down the line from its first outing gets the chance to seduce anew, with the aid of a remastering from fellow Erased Taper, Nils Frahm.

It’s a very nice and enjoyable listen. You get the feeling that Peter Broderick wants to reassess the basic qualities of his Muse after a year of (shall we say) sonic infidelity. And maybe lay down some marker posts. Strangely enough (to bring to mind another steady, patient artist in the same field)  Broderick’s work always reminds me of things that Rodelius does; especially when you take into account those very minimal, spacious, but melancholic piano runs on tracks like Floating/Sinking or Another Glacier.  The styling and manner of playing is very similar to things on Lunz or Geschenk Des Augenblicks. And the way Broken Patterns starts, you could be forgiven that it could be off Cluster’s Sowiesoso (well, if you threw in the odd wobbly keyboard sample). Also the image of, or tracks named after water or things to do with water always seem to crop up in both men’s works too. Strange that.

Sometimes things are more expansive and have a broader filmic sweep, such as An Ending, or the moody Stopping On The Broadway Bridge. Sometimes things are more direct; Another Glacier looks to set up a simple sing along. But mostly we get to listen to soft, well-constructed mood pieces that are not really showy, but very reassuring in their simple directness and assured nature of playing. It’s a lovely LP, something you’ll enjoy playing, which is enough really, isn’t it?