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Karen Peris has a voice that can convey sorrow at any speed. With Lancaster, PA's the Innocence Mission, Peris has been one of the unparalleled vocal masters of heartbreak for over twenty years. Her group's somber authority lends great power to everything they touch, and their loose informality brings the gentle sense that you are in the room with them as they discover their songs. "The Happy Mondays" comes flowing with the sound of a stool squeak somewhere in the mix. The straightforward melodies and pure emotional resonance of "Rain (Setting Out In The Leaf Boat" and "God Is Love" draw from both the folk tradition and the guileless wonder of John Denver (to whom IM once paid tribute). The gorgeous fingerpicking and atmospheric enhancements of "Spring" create an incomparable beauty. This isn't music concerned with keeping up with the latest trends, but rather remaining true to their pursuit of the musical vision they began chasing so many years ago. Their consistency is stunning. They're incapable of a false note. Any of their albums is worth hearing, but My Room In the Trees is surely one of their most enticing.

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It was about 4 in the afternoon

It's a sad smile. It's the pitter-patter on your roof. A sigh.

Listening through My Room In the Trees the first time was interesting. I was sitting on my porch, album freshly unwrapped, looking out into that duskish air. I started the album...but I was not paying close attention. I drifted through 1-7 pleasantly amused but not at all moved, focused. Then North American Field Song started. By the time I reached the chorus, it hit me. The album, that is. So I started it over... this time hands folded, eyes steady. I wanted to get it. With that mindset, this album breathes.

It started raining really hard during my second time through My Room In the Trees. I stayed outside, covering my c.d. player with my coat so I could finish it.

Its one of those albums.

I, living in there hometown Lancaster city, hope to thank these guys one day. You have made a truly beautiful album. Thanks.

My clouds loom overhead, but I have my Room In The Trees always.
Thanks for taking me to the places I forget,
The places that always make me feel that life isn't so bad after all

Quiet Excellence

Innocence Mission's music exudes a peace not found in much music today. The pace is slow but not boring, tasteful and understated, and Don Peris' crisp guitar style is the perfect foil for Karen's unique voice. This album has all the strengths of their best work—strongly evocative melodies, open space in the production, and heavenly harmonies. It may be odd to say, but they make music that makes one feel clean. A strong release.


Formed: 1982 in Lancaster, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Centered around the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Don Peris (vocals, guitar) and Karen Peris (vocals, guitar, piano), Lancaster, Pennsylvania natives the Innocence Mission crafted a tasteful, politically correct brand of collegiate folk-pop similar to Sarah McLachlan or 10,000 Maniacs (in fact, the Perises appeared on Natalie Merchant's 1998 album Ophelia). With a rhythm section composed of bassist Mike Bitts and drummer Steve Brown, the Innocence Mission released their eponymous debut album...
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