Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland

Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland
It's hard to believe that Elvis Perkins didn't seriously start playing music until he was at least 30. While his debut, Ash Wednesday, had a warm melancholy to it, it was still an obvious debut, with Perkins taking tentative steps towards his uncertain new career. With his sophomore effort and expanded moniker, Perkins sounds like he's been doing this forever. Confident, gorgeous and ambitious, this album is a triumph that wears its throwback patchouli heart proudly on its sleeve. The biggest difference is the obvious coherence that Perkins has with his band, allowing for a richer, deeper vibe. "Shampoo" is an oddly timed stomper that has a catchy sway and easy feel, while "It's Arriving" is the gonzo chain-gang spiritual that works mainly due to Perkins' soaring, emotive tenor. Perkins' voice is indeed a powerful instrument, turning "How's Forever Been Baby" into a powerful slow burn elegy on par with "Without Love." Constantly surprising and crafted with immaculate grace, this will warm any room on a cold, lonely night. (XL)