By turns a world music album, field recording, and power pop showcase, A Ring Around the Atlantic is thoughtfully written and orchestrated and features the standout production value of The Magpie Cage’s J. Robbins. Maybarduk’s voice, breathy and soft, reminds me of Hey Marseilles’ Matt Bishop and Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis. His songwriting is thought-provoking without being pedantic, helped by the album’s relentlessly catchy hooks and strong backing musicians.
We released No Hay Pueblo Vencido (No Defeated People) on March 19, 2009.
Vencido features kinetic electronic compositions, political rock and acoustic nueva canción, with the musical talents of producer J. Robbins, drummer Darren Zentek, vocalists Shawna Potter and Linsay Rousseau Burnett, pan flautist Marco Ovando and trumpeter Ronald Rollins.
In part, Vencido is a tale of the Americas; of people standing up for their dignity despite oppression. It’s also a personal story. Vencido tracks a dual narrative of social justice and personal evolution, and explores the relationship between them. In the words of Edward Abbey,
Action is the antidote to despair.
Passengers, my first LP, is an introspective and primarily acoustic narrative recorded with J. Goody at Mega sonic in West Oakland, CA.
I made Passengers in 2006 under a routine of moderate solitude near the bay and trains. I recorded soundscapes from around northern California, linking songs together to hint at a unified story. Listeners can draw their own meanings from it, but I think the related themes of impermanence, travel and isolation, as both personal narrative and rising social illness, come through. I’m pleased to say it’s earned the affection of many careful listeners.
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“There was a moment in reform school when I had come a long way in their program and one of the instructors was trying to make a point with a different student,” says Maybarduk. “He points to me and says, ‘Peter knows what he wants to do. Peter, what do you want to do?’ I said, ‘I want to change things.’”
“He kind of stared back at me and asked, ‘What do you want to change?’ I said, ‘Everything.’” Continue reading
“If you have a university town that bars students from voting, you are effectively raising the voting age in that town,” says Peter Maybarduk, cofounder of the voting rights organization Your Williamsburg. Continue reading
…Messages gives way to Very Very Suffer, a field recording that features me playing a nylon string guitar on a rooftop in Guatemala City, with the attendant sounds of birds and a plane passing overhead. This is matched to a track of a friend, Abu Kamara, speaking about his life in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The result is surprisingly musical, rhythmic and warm, and one of my favorite tracks on the record. Continue reading
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