13 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perry Blake’s fourth studio album, 2004’s Songs for Someone, pulls back on the electronic enhancements of 2002’s California and finds even more new territory to cover. His voice is a natural gift that can reach any note imaginable and his textures are so smooth that he can hit an ethereal peak quicker than anyone this side of Mark Hollis and Talk Talk. “We Are Not Stars” is a striking pop opener that spreads itself over nearly six minutes. “When I’m Over You” settles behind the piano with strings that trace the backing vocals for great effect. Then things turn the somber hues of deep winter. “The Fox In Winter,” “Ava,” “Songs for Someone” and “You’re Not Alone” are deeply meditational pieces where Blake’s voice works towards a great soothing massage of notes. There really aren’t adequate words for what Blake can accomplish. Things perk up for “Native New Yorker II” ever so slightly with the instrumentation adding a few extra glimmers with the choir of backing voices. “Tropic of Cancer” is even more direct, with Blake dropping his voice an octave for a tune that is reminiscent of Scott Walker in the ‘60s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perry Blake’s fourth studio album, 2004’s Songs for Someone, pulls back on the electronic enhancements of 2002’s California and finds even more new territory to cover. His voice is a natural gift that can reach any note imaginable and his textures are so smooth that he can hit an ethereal peak quicker than anyone this side of Mark Hollis and Talk Talk. “We Are Not Stars” is a striking pop opener that spreads itself over nearly six minutes. “When I’m Over You” settles behind the piano with strings that trace the backing vocals for great effect. Then things turn the somber hues of deep winter. “The Fox In Winter,” “Ava,” “Songs for Someone” and “You’re Not Alone” are deeply meditational pieces where Blake’s voice works towards a great soothing massage of notes. There really aren’t adequate words for what Blake can accomplish. Things perk up for “Native New Yorker II” ever so slightly with the instrumentation adding a few extra glimmers with the choir of backing voices. “Tropic of Cancer” is even more direct, with Blake dropping his voice an octave for a tune that is reminiscent of Scott Walker in the ‘60s.

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About Perry Blake

Born in Sligo, Ireland, this brooding twenty something singer of delicately crafted etherealism has so far gathered momentum on France. His single "The Hunchback Of San Francisco" lifted from self titled debut album, won him acclaim there as did its follow up "Genevieve."

His main influences are troubadours: Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Nick Drake and David Sylvian; whose brother Steve Jansen contributed to Blake's second album Still Life released on French label Naive last year. At the time of writing, Blake is preparing for a short tour of France, Belgium and Spain. ~ Kelvin Hayes

  • ORIGIN
    Sligo, Ireland
  • GENRE
    Pop

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