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'A Snowflake' taken from the album 'Float 2013'.
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"The year is 2006. I am 19 years old, living in Portland, Oregon. I work four to five days a week at a pizza shop, I've been in and out of school for music and film over the last several years, and in my spare time I obsessively collect records and play music by myself or with one of many groups around town. I find myself immersed in the folk music scene, accompanying different singer-songwriters with my growing collection of instruments. Yet a big part of my musical heart is somewhere else. I walk and ride my bike around town every day, listening to the music of modern composers on my headphones. My mind is blown with the discovery of an emerging collection of music which sounds classical in its instrumentation, yet is somehow as accessible to my ears (or more so) as the songs on the radio. Pianos and strings blend with modern production techniques in compositions comparable to pop songs in length and structure. And all this music is being released on independent record labels. How exciting!
I struggle to find others around me who share my enthusiasm, but resolve to worship these recordings as my own personal treasure. And inevitably I start writing my own songs directly inspired by what I'm hearing. I dream of nothing more than to add to this collection of music I love so much, to dive into the core of it, to live it and breathe it. I write ten pieces on my piano at home, and bring them up to my friend Skyler's studio in Camas, Washington with the idea of expanding upon the piano parts with additional instrumentation. And once the piano parts are recorded, I invite a frequent collaborator and fellow string player, Amanda Lawrence, to help flesh out the songs. The budget is low, but the intention is high in the sky. The year turns to 2007, I become 20 years old, and that same week Skyler and I put the finishing touches on my precious baby, which by this time has acquired a name: Float.
The year is 2013. I am 26 years old. I am living in Portland, Oregon. Although, I haven't been here this whole time. In fact, I've been away for most of the time, in many ways living my life's dream, traveling the world, making and performing music for a living, meeting many of my heroes along the way and later being able to call them my friends. If I could tell my 19 year-old self what I've been up to for the last seven years, he probably wouldn't believe me. I've been very fortunate. But I've had my fair share of mishaps as well. Things have always turned out to be a bit more complicated than I imagined them to be, and I've had a good few lessons about how things don't always go as planned. There are so many integral elements in any creative process which are simply out of our control.
Float was initially released in 2008. Without pointing any fingers or mentioning any specifics -- because I truly believe no one is to blame and I am filled with gratitude towards everyone who was involved -- I'd like to say that I wasn't satisfied with how the whole thing turned out. And many years went by before I began to consider a remedy for that. But at some point, a dialogue was started with Robert, about the idea of one day giving Float a second chance. And a bit later I found myself in the studio of my dear friend Nils, remastering these songs which on one hand felt so far away, but on the other felt right at the core of my musical heart, the foundation of my aspirations as a musician. And what Nils did to the sound, how he worked his magic as he always does, filled me with the conviction that this project had not previously reached its potential. In so many ways I've found myself coming around the circle, back to the place I started, only perhaps the circle itself has moved. But the dream is the same. And my little baby has a new pair of shoes: Float 2013."
– PETER BRODERICK
Release/catalogue number: ERATP054
Release date: Oct 28, 2013