Pikelet is Evelyn Morris, a 24 year old musical wunderkind from the outer suburbs of Melbourne who began life as a hardcore-obsessed drummer, and still currently serves on sticks in such heavy-hitting Melbourne institutions as Baseball and True Radical Miracle. But a couple of years ago she felt compelled to grab an old accordion, a guitar and a delay pedal, and launch a decidedly un-hardcore solo career.
The name comes from Evelyn’s mother, who used to spoil her kids with pikelets when she was a little strapped for cash. “She always had eggs, she always had flour and powdered milk in the cupboard, so she would just throw together pikelets,” Evelyn told Mess + Noise Magazine. “It was a really big deal for me, but I found out later that it was just what she did when she had nothing else.”
Engineered and produced by US uber-producer Casey Rice (Tortoise, Sea & Cake, Ben Lee and countless others), Pikelet’s debut self-titled album is a gorgeous, multi-tiered work of swirling and shifting melody, layered harmonies and charming story-telling, almost entirely performed by Evelyn herself. All in all, a uniquely assured and distinctive debut.
Since its release, Evelyn has spent much of the last year touring, embarking on a large scale European in June 2007, and in Australia sup- porting international acts such as Sufjan Stevens and Beirut, while playing festivals from Golden Plains to the Blue Mountains Folk Festivals.
There's definitely something special in music from Iceland... it's always highly creative, usually unusual, and sometimes even plain weird - but in a positive sense. This applies to singer-songwriter Sóley Stefánsdóttir, too. Her songs are quite accessible in a way, but always with a surprising twist that's typical for music from this country in the far North. Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)