Published Dec 01, 2016Following a remix effort last year, Caribou drummer Brad Weber is readying his next release with Pick a Piper. The collaborative project, featuring Angus Fraser, Dan Roberts and others, will drop a new album titled Distance on February 24 through Abandon Building in North America, followed by a UK release on March 3 through Tin Angel Records.
The new material hears Weber channelling his world travels from Chernobyl to Guatemala to the Canadian Arctic to Japan into a "bewitching slow-rave travelogue of sounds," capturing both the joy of visiting interesting places and the melancholy of leaving them behind.
Distance arrives following an EP, a remix album and a self-titled full-length from the group, and in addition to the geographical influences, it draws inspiration from a musical range encompassing '70s Turkish psych, classic Afrobeat, early synth and modern club music.
The record also features contributions from LLLL, Makota and Bevan Smith — the latter coming into the picture by total accident after emailing some sonic samples to the wrong Brad.
"I continued to explore natural sounds on Distance while at the same diving deeper into sound design," Weber said in a statement. "I was really enjoying spending hours making interesting synth patches and messing with acoustic sounds. I did a lot more layering on this record, often using 4-5 of said sounds-per-part in an attempt to create leads and chords not immediately recognizable as a specific sound."
You'll be able to immerse yourself in what that sounds like when the album lands in the new year, but right now you can get a glimpse at things to come by listening to "Geographically Opposed." The cut is one of the songs that came out of his accidental collaboration with Smith, who releases music under the moniker Introverted Dancefloor.
Give it a listen below.