The trajectory of Toronto’s Pick a Piper has been wondrous to behold, as mastermind and Caribou collaborator Brad Weber explored the outer reaches of rhythm-centric psychedelic pop in different spacecraft, and his last major voyage (2013’s Pick a Piper) left us thoroughly in awe and eagerly awaiting the follow-up. As “Geographically Opposed” portended, their second album Distance sees their grooves growing softer, darker, and more pop. And it’s amazing.
Guest vocalists feature prominently on the record, such as Bevan Smith of the Ruby Suns on the first and last songs and a dazzling display by Japanese shoegaze pop act LLLL and singer Makota on the grippingly moody “Further and Further”. But throughout the record, it’s the jaw-dropping synth programming and sound design that keep us riveted. From the songs here, there seems like ten directions Weber could head in in the future and they’d all be fascinating. We’ll be signing on for the next expedition, one can be sure of that.
Pick a Piper are on tour now. Check out the dates on their Bandcamp, where you can also purchase Distance on vinyl and digitally.