Ireland-based Peter Broderick returns with his new EP The Wind That Shakes The Bramble on September 10. Expanding on last year's Blackberry album, Peter pays homage to Irish poet Robert Dwyer Joyce’s ballad The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
On this EP, Broderick shares some additional work from the Blackberry sessions, as well as a beautiful two-part rework from Bing & Ruth and the new 22-minute title track; an expansive and meditative ambient odyssey, a balm for the baffling chaos of the current era.
Broderick’s obsession with and devotion to the blackberry plant go well beyond his music. Last year, along with the release of the new album, he shared an eight-part video series titled The Blackberry Diaries in which he demonstrated all the different uses of this incredible, ubiquitous plant – everything from blackberry jam to weaving baskets and hats with the bramble vines, from making tea of out the young leaves to making artwork with late-season berries past their prime.
He draws attention to the fact that the blackberry plant itself is an incredible symbol of resilience.
“It weaves itself all through our countryside, playing an important role in holding the soil together, and also makes its way into our cities, proliferating even in such hyper urban environments as London. And while most modern people have lost the ability to identify the wild plants growing around us, the Blackberry remains a commonly foraged plant all around the globe. It’s as if the more domesticated we become and the more our technology separates us from the natural world, the Blackberry finds its way into the hearts and minds of us humans, reminding us where we come from.”
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