June 24, 2011
Peter Broderick-produced debut from Dutch Singer-songwriter shows the promise of a new voice.
It was late March in Paris when Peter Broderick was standing by the stage selling his music after an afternoon performance at an arts center. This is when Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick for the first time.
They became fast friends, strolling through the streets of Paris sharing stories and later, passing a guitar back and forth, sharing songs. Broderick recounted: ” I was blown away by her songs. She sings in Dutch, these beautifully crafted haunting melodies, over the most steady and gorgeously fingerpicked guitar. I was in love with the music, but she was so shy about it, saying she’d hardly played the songs for anyone and had never recorded anything before.”
A fortnight later, Arkana flew to Berlin. They rode bikes, ate and cooked amazing food, watched movies, and in a very casual way, recorded eight of Arkana’s songs, six with guitar and voice, two for solo piano. Later, Broderick added his touch: “Since she left i have fallen in love with the songs more and more, listening to them on repeat all day and working on different arrangements with instruments around the house.” This is when Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick for the second time. In music.