Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Great Expectations.

Ash Wednesday. No, not today. I’m not referring to the Catholic observation but rather the album. Elvis Perkins, the American singer released Ash Wednesday this year and it is, by far, one of my favourites. I don’t fancy labels but one could categorize his style as folky. To this blogger’s ears, it transcends genre and qualifies simply as true. His music is not revolutionary but Elvis Perkins knows a thing or two about what many of us have struggled with and perhaps still do: great expectations and loss. You probably recognize the singer’s last name from various movie marquees, like the one for Psycho. Can’t be easy being Normand Bates’ son. 9/11 has become part of our political, economical and cultural everyday jargon. Can’t be easy if your mom just happened to have perished in one of the planes. Therapy, food, questionable relationships, shopping … we each have our ways of dealing with what’s wrong and often, it’s neither beneficial nor creative.
Thankfully Elvis Perkins is not the norm and has succeeded in channeling his pain into beautiful, albeit often melancholic, music. Elvis Perkins will be performing in Montréal November 28th.

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