Songwriter Brad Oberhofer reveals his 'Time Capsules'
There is a certain carelessness to the music of Brad Oberhofer.
Not careless in the sense that his joyful, frenetic pop creations are sloppy or unstudied.
Rather, the 20-something Brooklynite's freewheeling sense of emotion and inventive song structures make for an effortless display, capturing frames of youth and life with deep fidelity.
After signing last year with Glassnote Records, stateside home to acts such as Phoenix and Mumford & Sons, Oberhofer is celebrating the release of his debut album "Time Capsules II," recorded in Brooklyn with the famed Steve Lillywhite (U2), on Monday.
amNewYork spoke with Brad Oberhofer.
What was it like revisiting early singles like "Away Frm U" for the new record? I don't really know what it's like, honestly. When I recorded those songs the first time, I was just spending a week enraptured in that song ... with not much intention of showing it to anyone. When I recorded the songs this time around, it was as though it was my first time really recording them with the intention of sharing them with other people.
What led you to working with Glassnote Records? They were just the most supportive. ... They basically told me that they trust my artistic vision, and they want to support it.
How was your recent European tour? I had a total blast. It feels like I was gone for months, and I was only gone for a week. We were only in each place for a little under 24 hours, so while we were there, I tried to interact with the natives and speak their language with them.
What did you learn? Music is huge, and people appreciate all sorts of musical aesthetics all over the world. You just have to make art the way you mean it and the way you inherently make it, and there will be someone out there that can love it.
What was it like working with Steve Lillywhite? I can't see it having been any better working with anyone [else]. We were pretty much on the same wavelength.
What do you like best about your neighborhood in Bushwick? It's basically the ideal location. It's not overly gentrified, and it still maintains some of the authenticity of the past 40 or 50 years.
If you go: Oberhofer is performing at Bowery Ballroom Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., 6 Delancey St., 212-533-2111, $15.