Elvis Perkins in Dearland follow hot on the heels of their excellent self-titled release with word of an EP to flesh out the periphery of their ringleader’s musical vision, things that may have gotten left on the cutting room floor.
The Doomsday EP centers on a wondrous re-working of the already awe-inspiring ebullience found in “Doomsday,” a highlight from Elvis Perkins in Dearland. With “Slow Doomsday,” you immediately know what to expect technically: a largo rendition of the eponymous track. Beyond this, we find the more measured version brings us closer to the gospel roots of the track with its wide and stately expansion of sound and space. The extra time on each and every note brings out untold levels of soul, wringing every last glorious feeling from each tone. The coasting, newly formed solos are heartfelt and bracing testimonials, affirming Perkins soaring vocals in full affetuoso.
I would highly recommend you check out his live show, and keep Oct 20th on your calendars for a trip to the record store for this EP.
One of the most strikingly beautiful videos, tracked to one of the most ebullient songs in the past few years. The horns are positively brilliant, and Elvis Perkins remains one of the best songwriters around, able to capture both radiant joy and nostalgic regret in a single note.
After many attempts to categorize the folk genre, I have found it impossible to pigeonhole such a broad spectrum of music. Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan may have paved the way for the male vocalist, but the breed of folk sound has evolved with popular taste.
In his first release since Ash Wednesday’s debut in 2007, Elvis Perkins released his sophomore album on March 10 2009, titled after his live band: Elvis Perkins in Dearland. Although the record drops traces of indie folk rock influences, the singer-songwriter leaves plenty of room for the spoken word. His lyrics flow more in the form of poetry than verse-refrain, marinating in tender prose of allusion and symbolism:
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