The new Pick A Piper single All Her Colours has been given the remix treatment by Leeds-based post-rock outfit Vessels and the results are pretty remarkable, not to mention a lot more dance floor ready than their post-rock tag suggests.
On the remix, Vessels said: “The vocal hook was the main reason why I chose this track to remix, it’s so strong. That and some great percussion loops that I knew instantly I could work with. I wanted to give it plenty of space whilst still trying to retain the drive.”
Pick A Piper is a project by musician and producer, Caribou’s Brad Weber with a little help from a lot of friends including members of Ruby Suns, Enon/Brainiac, Born Ruffians and Braids.
Following two sought after EPs, Pick A Piper recently confirmed the release of their self-titled debut LP which will be released on November 4 through City Slang.
In recent years songwriters have experimented more widely than ever with beats and bass but only a few have succeeded in producing results worthy of mention. The underlying problem is that club music, when it comes to the punch, needs to function on the dance floor yet not fall flat in album format. Those artists who manage successfully to straddle both worlds can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Canadian musician and producer Brad Weber, with his project Pick A Piper, joins the ranks of this charmed few. Pick A Piper was conceived in 2008 along with band mates Angus Fraser and Dan Roberts and following two EPs, the band is set to release their debut album.
The album is made up of eight very different songs all with one thing in common: each is built upon the foundation of its own ingenious rhythm structure with musical layers meticulously applied up until the vocals which are added right at the very end, if at all.
To give the album the perfect finish, Brad enlisted many of his friends as guest singers on these recordings. Among others, he asked Andy Lloyd of Born Ruffians as well as members of the Ruby Suns and John Schmersal of Enon, Brainiac and Caribou. Brad sent them demos, allowing space for a very important and often underestimated element of the musical process, without which it would be about as exciting as a bank statement. He couldn’t be sure exactly what the respective collaborators would contribute to the corresponding ideas but that was the concept, and thus the resulting album sounds even less like a classic producer album, and more like a soundtrack to a movie – different topics but a common thread.
Pick A Piper’s debut album is full of complexly layered yet catchy songs that display a very keen sense of rhythm, song writing and musical finesse. There’s attention to detail but with the bigger picture in mind.
You can catch Pick A Piper live on the following dates:
25 London Shacklewell Arms (Tickets)
28 Amsterdam Paradiso
29 Luxembourg Rotondes
30 Brussels Autumn Falls Festival
3 Berlin Fluxbau
4 Wien Rhiz
6 Rijeka Club Palach
7 Barcelona Lolita @ Razzmatazz