Pikelet is Evelyn Morris, a musical wunderkind raised in the outer suburbs of Melbourne who 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 a few years ago, something tickled Evelyn’s brain in a funny way and 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.”
After her acclaimed self-tited debut in 2007, Pikelet has expanded into a four piece live band, taking her wide-eyed pop sailing into the psychedelic stratosphere. New album Stem is an incredible expansion of vision, filled with a kind of cosmic space-prog clearly the work of a woman enchanted.
Related Artists & Releases
With a bevy of releases still to come this year (from Pikelet, Bushwalking, Darren Sylvester, the Ancients, and more yet to be announced) it’s a veritable whirlwind of new singles, videos, instores and launches at the moment at Chapter HQ. So here’s a round-up of gig news from our ever-expanding stable of auteur savant genii!
The awesome new video for Toby Light, the opening track from Pikelet’s second album Stem is now here for general viewing purposes.
You can also read an interview with director Matt Richards on the Vine
Pikelet’s national tour begins this Saturday. Dates are:
SAT 7 MAY – FBI SOCIAL – KINGS CROSS HOTEL, SYDNEY
supported by Holy Balm and [...]
Don’t forget that Pikelet take off this week for a handful of dates around the country, most likely their last interstate jaunt before bunkering down to start work on album number three! Evelyn Morris is also playing a solo Pikelet show in Darwin later this month, her first every Northern Territory show!
SAT 7 MAY – [...]
(photo by Lauren Bamford)
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 [...]
RICHARD IN YOUR MIND + PIKELET NATIONAL CO-HEADLINE TOUR
They’ve both put out second albums this year, both won heady praise and adulation around the nation for their musical brilliance, and now Melbourne’s Pikelet and Sydney’s Richard In Your Mind join forces for a national co-headline tour of earthshaking incredible-ness.
The wildly eclectic, patently amazing and [...]