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Peder Bares His Moaning, Cinematic Soul

Would You

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Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "Would You"
  • Artist: Peder featuring Nino Moschella
  • CD: And He Just Pointed to the Sky
  • Genre: Soul
Soul singer Nino Moschella moans with the best of them on Peder's "Would You."

Soul singer Nino Moschella moans with the best of them on Peder's "Would You." hide caption

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The cover of Peder's 'And He Just Pointed to the Sky.'

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Much of Peder's And He Just Pointed to the Sky sounds like the eccentric score for an independent movie: On "Would You," the flat, plucked-out notes and ghostly piano sound like they await a Tom Waits vocal. Instead, Nino Moschella surfaces, his vocals bringing the longing in Peder's music out of the abstract. Moschella, a Prince-emulating soul singer whose multi-layered vocals also recall Jamie Lidell and D'Angelo, can moan with the best of them. "If I called in need / would you answer me?" he asks after numerous drowsy falsetto repetitions of "Would you, baby?"

Moschella's voice only appears on about two minutes of a track three times that long, leaving room to contemplate the atmosphere, of which Peder provides plenty. Peder, a Dutch musician whose other pursuits include hip-hop production, photography and acting, makes a debut of sorts on And He Just Pointed to the Sky. Many of the disc's tracks are instrumental: They're ghosts waiting to inhabit the plotlines of a movie by David Lynch or Alan Ball. It's a lullaby of an album — with "Would You" as a highlight — that helps affirm just how bizarre and beautiful life is.

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