Peter Broderick

Peter Broderick – “Home” out today.

Many know Peter Broderick as one leg of Horse Feathers. Many others have noticed him as a bright star in the Efterklang troupe. Still others know him as the young composer to watch, establishing himself with two instrumental releases on the respected Type label. Beyond that, he has cut his teeth touring and performing with Loch Lomond, Norfolk & Western Laura Gibson, and contributing to the recent She & Him record.

But today we hear Peter’s voice for the first time. Of all the instruments Peter has at his disposal for this recording he has picked only two: vocal and guitar. Amazingly, Peter has turned this most pedestrian arrangement into someting time-worn and beautiful. Words fail.

Home is an album that is designed to be heard front to back. This album sampler will give you an idea:

Peter Broderick – Home Album Sampler

Home is an album you will cherish. Get it in the HUSHshop ($9.97 CD+download / $7.97 download only)

Peter has been warming up rooms for Efterklang for the past few weeks all over Europe. This video finds him in Kolding, weaving his tapestry of sound.

Peter Broderick- “Card / Heart Games” Live

If you didn’t catch our introduction to Peter Broderick on the blog, you might have heard the short gem he turned in for track two of DECA, “Refining”. In this YouTube vid we find Peter earlier this year opening for his acoustic/electronic ensemble Efterklang. The song starts off slow, but try to imagine you’re there. At the crescendo visualize Peter running off stage in the wash of vocals, jingle bells, thick chords and tremelo violin whipping a whirly tube. Music enfolding.

Then imagine you’ll have an opportunity to see Peter perform next Spring when he revisits with Efterklang again. (In a year that seems to have gone by so fast, suddenly I want it to go faster.)

ps. And if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Efterklang live, this 1 min. video approximates, figuratively, the feeling that will overtake you when bathing in their sound.

Welcome “Home”, Peter Broderick.


Peter Broderick is like the Swiss Army Knife of musicians; compact, elegant, multipurpose. What sets him apart is his restraint. With an arsenal of talents at his disposal, he prefers to reveal only one or two at a time.

Round about the time Broderick joined forces with Justin Ringle to form the lovely Horse Feathers, he was also recruited into the burgeoning Unsung Colony-era Norfolk & Western (routinely playing with some 7-9 players) who quickly dubbed him The Whipper Snapper, owing to his youthful demeanor (19 years old at that point) and his crushing skills on a bevy of instruments: violin, piano, banjo, saw, guitar…basically whatever you threw at him. He performed impressive non-musical feats as well, not least of which was sucking on an everlasting gobstopper practically every waking minute of tour.

The “Secret Weapon” (another nickname) didn’t remain a secret for long. Peter went on to perform with Loch Lomond and Laura Gibson as well as perform as a studio musician for M Ward, Zooey Deschanel, and Dolorean. Presently he lives in Copenhagen, Denmark where he brings his skills to the lush, much adored electronic/acoustic ensemble Efterklang.

You’d think working with as many as five different bands simultaneously wouldn’t allow Peter to pursue any kind of solo career. Likewise, his easygoing, unassuming demeanor might lead you to believe he didn’t have aspirations being accessible and available to lend a musical hand. But in late 2007 a steady stream of solo instrumental releases on respected labels Type and Kning Disk has all but established Broderick as the young composer / pianist / string player to watch.hsh083.jpg

Defying the lofty expectations that have already been placed on the young man, Broderick is set to release Home on September 23rd (on HUSH / Bella Union / Rumracket) showcasing his here-to-fore lesser known strengths as a guitarist / vocalist. (There is not a piano or violin note to be found on this record.)

With Home, Peter may have performed his most impressive feat yet: breathing new life into the most pedestrian arrangement in modern music. Broderick turns the open-mic night connotations of guitar and vocal on its ear with layers of vocal washes, x-acto fingerpicking figures, and his deceptively simple compositional style.

We are beyond excited to share this with you.

Listen to “Below It” and “Not at Home” from Home and get to know Peter at his Myspace page or his HUSH profile

Listen to previous releases Docile at Kning Disk, and audition Float at Boomkat.

(photo: Ronan Thenadey)