Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “And It’s Alright” by Peter Broderick from the 2008 album Home on Hush Records.
By the age of 21, musician Peter Broderick has accomplished these things: a short stint in Portland super-band Norfolk & Western, performances with Portland mainstays Horse Feathers and Loch Lomond, and the recent jump to both living in Denmark and joining Efterklang’s live band. Surprisingly, Broderick has also culled enough time between his varied and multiple band projects to release his second solo album, Home. Trained at an early age in classical violin, Broderick composed his first album, Float, almost entirely of string and piano compositions. On Home, Broderick chooses instead to pair the new found confidence in his voice with a more modern set of acoustic guitar-driven folk melodies. “And It’s Alright” finds Broderick gently repeating the title over a soothing combination of tin-can percussion, acoustic strumming, and the slight tinge of an organ. To have already shown such an evolution between his first two albums, and at still such a young age, Broderick is sure to have a long and astounding career.
You can catch Peter Broderick with Tiny Vipers in Seattle at Nectar Lounge on January 28, and then for two nights in Portland, before heads to the UK. Find out more on his MySpace page. And if you’re looking to hear more, he’s gathered some unreleased material for the Russian podcast site, Play My Tape. You can also get a preview of Broderick performing “Below It,” live from Berlin in December: