In a ceremony held last week at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne psych pop wonders Pikelet were shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize for their second album Stem (Love+Mercy/Chapter Music, through Shock Distribution).
Recorded in Melbourne with Chicago-expat producer Casey Rice (Tortoise, Liz Phair, Ben Lee), Stem was hugely acclaimed upon release in February 2010, receiving Album of the Week accolades, national playlisting for lead track Weakest Link and press adoration for the album’s cosmic pop stylings.
It was a long way from Pikelet’s beginnings as a solo project for Evelyn Morris, originally a hardcore drummer in outfits such as Baseball and True Radical Miracle, who started Pikelet as a melodic, loop-driven palette cleanser in 2006. Stem’s expressive full band arrangements, featuring the talents of Shags Chamberlain, Matthew Cox and Tarquin Manek, reveal Pikelet to be one of Australia’s brightest pop talents.
As international support act du jour, Pikelet has performed with the likes of Devendra Banhart, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Goldfrapp, Dirty Projectors, Broadcast and Kaki King, as well as appearing at festivals including Golden Plains and Laneway. In solo mode, Evelyn has toured internationally with Jens Lekman, Jeffrey Lewis and Bachelorette, and is set to return to the US in mid-2011.
In late 2010, Evelyn joined Clare Bowditch’s live band as drummer when she supported Leonard Cohen, sharing chartered jets with Mr Cohen around Australia during his recent national tour. She also drummed for Japanese noise legends the Boredoms at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, as well as performing her own Pikelet show for MIAF. This January she joined the festivities at Hobart’s renowned MONA FOMA event.