Canadian producer and artist Andrew McPherson has lead a life of musical shape-shifting since his youth. Classically trained in his teens, Andrew eventually traded the orchestra pit for a life of musical wanderlust, wherein his burgeoning interests in post-punk, prog, funk, folk, ambient, dub and downtempo could be indulged. Each successive project added to his creative vocabulary until, in the mid-90’s, an invitation to attend recording school cemented his future as both a producer and artist. To date, Andrew has produced dozens of albums, remixes and one off’s with a dizzying array of collaborators and artists including Dub Colossus, Vieux Farka Touré, Delhi 2 Dublin, Transglobal Underground, Desert Dwellers, Dubmatix, Jane Siberry, Kiran Ahluwalia, Syriana and Philosopher Kings, with releases on labels like Six Degrees, Real World, Modiba, Warner Music, EMI, National Geographic and Buddha Bar. Andrew is also the creative force behind global dub fusionists, Eccodek, who’s 7 releases have garnered them worldwide fans, 2 Juno nominations (Canada’s Grammys) and glowing international press.
Flash forward to the present and 2020 sees the arrival of Andrew’s third recording of ambient work as Peppermoth. In Peppermoth, Andrew has created a musical forum for expansive, cinematic, glacially paced instrumental work that leans generously on his classical upbringing, while incorporating his lifelong love of improvisation, dub, impressionism and the limitless, creative canvas of the recording studio.
Like previous Peppermoth releases (Now You Hear Me and Glimmer Tide), The Second Bird showcases Andrew’s abiding debt to the reductive and textural work of early 20th century composers like Erik Satie and Claude Debussy, with respectful nods to the more contemporary work of artists like fellow Canadians Daniel Lanois and Michael Brook, ambient god Brian Eno and trailblazers David Sylvian, Jon Hassell, Fennesz, Bill Laswell and Ryuichi Sakamoto. With these musical compasses, The Second Bird evolved from hours of improvised recordings and an unhurried but decisive mindset. Piano and guitar sit at the heart of Peppermoth’s sound while Andrew’s deep love of inspired sonics and texture leave plenty of room for collaborations and guest artists. Trumpet, modular synths, upright bass and strings, bamboo flute, omnichord, studio treatments and tape echo all contribute to the rich tapestry of sound that is Peppermoth.