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"This is the first full-length recording by Sandro Perri under his own name, following an EP on Constellation in 2006. Working with some of Toronto's finest avant and improv players, Sandro has fully re-invented himself as a singer, lyricist and guitar player, and
is the culmination of this transformation -- a highly personal collection of songs, shaped by an utterly original approach to composition, performance and melodic and vocal phrasing.
incorporates elements and sensibilities -- albeit in subtle hues -- as diverse as Vanguard-era Skip James (and his weary falsetto), post-tropicalia Caetano Veloso (the compositional twists), and the '60s-era axis of hybrid songwriters like Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Harry Nilsson and Fred Neil (whose 'Everybody's Talkin' is covered here, re-cast as a rumination on the 'epidemic' of second-hand experience). Overall, Perri strikes the perfect balance of sophisticated writing (melodically and as a lyricist) and, with the help of his band, deceptively effortless, relaxed, unconstrained performance. These songs abound in subtle texture and flourish, and the burbling swirl of instrumental work is a through-line to his earlier recordings as Polmo Polpo, where a similarly simmering brew of interweaving melodies yielded such an original and seductive take on 'electronic' music. Perri brings the same originality, warmth, energy and intelligence to his eponymous singer/songwriter work;
pulses and froths and lounges and glides with inimitable ingenuity, genuineness, substance and style."
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