Pick a Piper

by Jim Di Gioia

July 16, 2019

One of our greatest philosophers got it right when she said, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” Brad Weber of Pick a Piper is dialled into his local cultural inspiration economy; after years circumnavigating the globe as the drummer of Caribou, Weber has settled into his Toronto surroundings and draws on them for his latest single, “Sentience”. 

Featuring the voice of fellow Torontonian Sophia Alexandra, “Sentience” blooms from an understated intro into a mesmeric melange of Weber’s clean synth lines and Alexandra’s soulful croon. There’s an expansiveness to the track’s sound; but rather than exploring a vast geographical footprint, Pick a Piper is getting into the minuscule details of a very small space: the inside of our minds. 

Weber carries the concepts and themes of exploring both the immediate physical world and our interior world by collaborating with local artist Dani Ramez, whose kaleidoscopic video for “Sentience” perfectly mirrors the music.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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