Release Date: Apr 2, 2013
Record label: City Slang
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
It's often unfair to compare musicians' new projects to their better-known main gigs, but it's hard not to when listening to Caribou drummer Brad Weber's debut album as Pick a Piper. Like Caribou leader Dan Snaith, Weber has a knack for combining electronic and organic elements into dreamy psych-pop that sounds as good on the dance floor as it does through a pair of headphones. The eight songs float by so airily that it's easy to miss the complexity lying under the surface.
Toronto’s Brad Weber is probably best known currently as the live drummer for Caribou. However, he’s busied himself in recent years with a sort of “side project” called Pick a Piper, which has released a couple of acclaimed EPs and now boasts fellow members Clint Scrivener, Angus Fraser, and Dan Roberts, among others. And that “among others”, as far as Pick a Piper’s self-titled debut disc goes, includes a bevy of guest vocalists from fairly well known bands (in indie circles) such as the Ruby Suns, Enon/Brainiac, Born Ruffians, and Braids.
It's often easy to hear the stylistic similarities of a collaborating musician in their myriad projects. Fans of Caribou, then, should gravitate towards the polyrhythmic, multi-layered percussion of Caribou live drummer Brad Weber on Pick a Piper. Weber's side-project, and self-titled debut, is a bit of a departure from the digital EPs released years prior.
As the drummer in Caribou, Brad Weber had already proved a point with his contribution to Dan Snaith’s ‘Swim’. Whilst Snaith busies himself in the immersions of his JIALONG projects, Weber isn’t one to rest on his laurels, picking back up his Pick A Piper pseudonym from 2009-10 and expanding it into a fully-formed project. Weber has also roped in favours from members of Born Ruffians and The Ruby Suns for vocal parts on the self-titled debut.