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Pick a Piper

Catching up with Pick a Piper's own Brad Weber; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Catching up with Pick a Piper’s own Brad Weber; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Featuring visuals from Karl Skene, we present you with the world premiere for “Geographically Opposed”—the first single from Pick a Piper’s album Distance available February 24 stateside (March 3 in the UK) through the labels Tin Angel Records & Abandon Building. The creative project of Caribou percussionist Brad Weber is joined by Angus Fraser, Dan Roberts & more as Pick a Piper seeks to send out new forms of radio signals & innovative wave-lengths that invites fans & artists to follow the kinetic rhythmic sequences & trails unleashed.

Pick a Piper’s “Geographically Opposed” is visualized like a UFO’s view of earth’s physical landscape. Karl Skene’s visuals introduces a variety of effects, edits & video tweaks that illustrates video patterns that appear to be hooked up to some kind of spectrum equalizer. From here, we see a barrage of flashing abstract images & solar flare flashes that capture the attention of all senses as Brad & the gang make a hyper-electro ballad that breaks out of all geo-locked situations that makes a break to crack the universal codes of everything from sciences to the mysteries of metaphysics that remain unknown to mortal, human minds. From outer-space views to in-flight perceptions of soaring above trees; Pick a Piper, with a visual assist from Karl Skene, creates a vehicle of their own that is ready to hurdle itself through the atmosphere & cosmos alike.

Director Karl Skene shared the following exclusive introduction to the Pick a Piper video:

When I first listened to “Geographically Opposed” I had images in my head of expansive landscapes and feelings of adventure and discovery. Using some stock nature footage and clips from a 1970s UFO propaghanda VHS tape, I jammed along with the song, experimenting with blending and video effects. After a bunch of tweaking, I projected the results onto the wall in my apartment. I also incorporated a laser and fog machine to give it another dimension, and filmed it with my roommate’s camera (thanks Colin).

Brad Weber of Pick a Piper; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Brad Weber of Pick a Piper; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Brad Weber shared insights on the making of the single “Geographically Opposed”:

“Geographically Opposed” was born out of an email sent to the wrong Brad! My friend Bevan from New Zealand, known for being the Ruby Suns and for his own project Introverted Dancefloor on Carpark Records, meant to email a different Brad and we ended up trading songs we had been working on at the time. He tried out a vocal melody on this track that ended up being absolutely perfect. Bevan ended up being involved in the album’s closer as well as mixing a third of the record.

Pick a Piper’s album Distance will be available February 24 stateside & March 3 in the UK via the imprints Tin Angel Records & Abandon Building.

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