Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Elvis Perkins at Club Cafe - April 23, 2015 - Concert Preview

Elvis Perkins. Photo credit: Huger Foote
The last time we saw Elvis Perkins, it was at Club Café in June of 2009. I’ll never forget it because I didn’t go. My friends all went without me and had a great time while I sat at home and stewed in a fresh breakup.

Perkins, on the other hand, was just taking off. His second record, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, released that March, hit No. 8 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and No. 27 on its Independent Album rankings. 

Its fun, folky romps, like “I Heard Your Voice in Dresden,” “Doomsday,” and “Hey” were a significant departure from his earlier, more dirge-like work, and came off nicely balanced with album’s heavier, more profound numbers like “Shampoo.”

The album put Perkins solidly on the folk-rock map. Then, an acoustic album he’d planned for a 2012
release became a three-year project. Now Perkins is back with his first fresh material in six years. He’ll be back at Club Café on Thursday evening in support of his new LP, I Aubade, released in February.

While his previous two records were largely group efforts, his new release is a largely autonomous
project. Perkins even launched it from his own new label, MIR Records. A number of familiar collaborators still appear on I Aubuade, including Nick Kinsey and Wyndham Boylan-Garnett of Dearland, and stellar multi-instrumentalist Frank Fairfield, an American folk treasure in his own right. Still, the new record is a slight departure from the last two.

“I had the impulse to hear what would happen if left to and with my own devices,” Perkins says. “Not
surprisingly, this is the thing that sounds the most, to me, like myself.”

-- Matthew Wein

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