MOAT is a collaboration between guitarist/singer and songwriter Marty Willson-Piper and composer/multi-instrumentalist Niko Röhlcke.
Marty has an international career spanning over 30 years, he’s been a successful guitarist, bassist, singer and songwriter. He has been a member of three important bands in different genres. The Australian psychedelic art rock band the church, the English gothic folk pop hipsters All About Eve and seminal punk heroes The Saints. Marty has a long history with Sweden having lived in Stockholm for 10 years.
Niko is a talented guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. He is a member of Swedish indie pop rock band Weeping Willows. Niko has composed music for film, TV series and The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden.
The idea for the collaboration between these two artists was that of producer/engineer Sigge Krantz. Knowing the work of both Niko and Marty, he imagined that together they would be able to create something special. Sigge loved Marty’s last solo release ‘Nightjar’, but as Marty played most of the instruments, Sigge’s idea was to make an organic record using a band, whist combining Niko and Marty’s creative vision and talents.
In the Swedish autumn of 2010, Sigge introduced Marty and Niko, and the project was on its way to becoming a reality. They spent a few weeks at Niko’s house in the country writing together. They met again the following summer of 2011 to do a second writing session. This coincided with the Weeping Willows tour and Marty guested with them on stage at Orionteatern, Stockholm.
The MOAT album was recorded during the summer of 2012 beside a beautiful lake in a wonderfully restored Gamla Tvätteriet. This album captures the fusion of sparse Scandinavian beauty and English folk sensibilities, filmic and evocative.
The MOAT project reunites old friends with Marty, Weeping Willows drummer Anders Hernestam and Anders Graham Paulsson on bass. Anders H played on Marty’s fifth solo album ‘Spirit Level’, whilst Anders GP used to run Marty’s Stockholm studio. Special guests on the album who will also perform in the live line-up include virtuoso Malin-My Wall on violin and maestro percussionist Torbjörn Svedberg.