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- Lentemuziek by Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick
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"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...." so bleats the ridiculously over hyped press release, preposterously later claiming "any record label would do well to add Broderick to its A&R staff, having established a canny ability for attracting and spotting musical talent". It's this kind of hyperbole that puts you off an artist such as Peter Broderick. I mean what is wrong with just a producer credit on the back of the record? It's unfair to put all the spotlight onto Broderick when this is Laura Arkana's album. All Broderick does is record, produce, play violin, piano, percussion, keyboards, clay whistle, bass guitar, musical saw, sing a bit and personally distributes the records to the shops. The result is very pretty fingerpicked acoustic pop that sounds better when it delves into darker territories such as 'Het Vuilinis', Arkana has a nice if indistinct voice, some of the textures are beautiful yet you sometimes wish Broderick would man up a bit and get some really stellar instrumentation on this and we could get something akin to Kristin Hersh's 'Hips and Makers' album rather than the pretty if fey whimsy on show. I think the use of Dutch as the singing language is preventing me from connecting fully with the songs. Very pleasant though. Initial copies come with a DVD of the movie 'Twice' starring Sam Riley as Peter Broderick and Zooey Deschanel as Laura Arkana in a heartwarming tale of the meeting of music and minds at a French Arts Center.
9/10 Joe Borreson Customer review,
I actually think this album is fantastic and a hidden gems of classic contemporary 'folk' music that is only heightened in the subtlest ways by Peter Broderick's contributions. Starting with 'Huilen' the first track, it stars a bit plain but Peter's addition of piano, string arrangements colors the track and moves it along with a lovely rhythm only hinted at initially. The short but sweet 'Souvenirs' is honestly one of the most beautiful circling acoustic ditties with i have heard this year, it's undulating violins propel the song from just good, to one of the most lovely 3minutes and seventeen seconds I have heard in a very long time.
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