Pikelet

Psychedelic synth-pop outfit Pikelet are based around Evelyn Morris, a musical wunderkind raised in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.


 

Evelyn first ventured onto local stages as a hardcore-obsessed drummer, serving on sticks in such heavy-hitting Melbourne institutions as Baseball and True Radical Miracle.

But her 2007 debut album Pikelet was decidedly un-hardcore, made mostly with an accordion, a floor tom and a loop pedal. It came out to rave reviews, international blog write-ups and community radio high rotation. Evelyn promptly took off around the world, touring with the likes of Jens Lekman in Portugal, Jeffrey Lewis in France and Bachelorette across America. She returned home in hot demand, playing festivals like Golden Plains and Laneway, and opening for Sufjan Stevens, Beirut and Goldfrapp among others.

After a while, the girl-with-loop-pedal format began to feel a little lonely, so in 2009 Evelyn assembled the Pikelet band, featuring Matthew Cox (Witch Hats) on drums, Shags Chamberlain (Sophie Brous Band) on synths and Tarquin Manek (Bum Creek) on bass and clarinet.

Second album Stem emerged in 2010, and the expansion of Pikelet’s vision was immediately appar- ent. The live band brings a cosmic edge that infiltrates Evelyn’s wide-eyed style with mind-expanding results. Sumptuous reviews followed, as did Triple J rotation and community radio Albums of the Week. Fittingly, the album was nominated for the 2010 Australian Music Prize.

Pikelet took off on a national launch tour, and also fitted in shows with Devendra Banhart, Dirty Projectors and Kaki King. Evelyn also became a member of Clare Bowditch’s live band, sharing char- tered jets with Leonard Cohen around Australia on a national tour. She also drummed for Japanese noise legends the Boredoms at their Melbourne International Arts Festival Show.

Pikelet managed to squeeze in their own MIAF show, as well as Queenscliff Music Festival and Hobart’s MONA FOMA, plus a tour with UK’s Broadcast and shows with US cult heroes Ariel Pink and Dirty Projectors. Evelyn also toured nationally supporting Shellac in solo Pikelet mode.

The band have now finished stuning third album Calluses, a true statement of artistic ambition and new purpose. It was released on Chapter Music in August 2013.