Linda Perhacs: I’m A Harmony
Omnivore Recordings – 22 September 2017
While fans of Linda Perhacs had to wait forty-four years for a follow up to her American psychedelic folk classic Parallelograms (1970), the wait for her third album is thankfully going to be much shorter.
I’m a Harmony is to be released on 22 September via Omnivore Recordings, the same label which delivered us The Last Word On First Blues by Allen Ginsberg last year. That release was beautifully packaged, featuring 11 previously unissued songs from 1971 and 1981 sessions, plus demos and live recordings.
Linda’s last album, The Soul of all Natural Things, was released on Sufjan Stevens label Asthmatic Kitty and was produced by Chris Price and Fernando Perdomo. This time around Pat Sansone (Wilco/The Autumn Defense) is in the production chair.
Also returning from the 2014 project are composer/multi-instrumentalist/producers, Julia Holter and Chris Price. Joining the ensemble are Pat Sansone and John Stirratt (The Autumn Defense/Wilco), Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Devendra Banhart offers up a spoken word segment on “We Will Live,” and producer/remixer Mark Pritchard brings his producing talents to bear on “You Wash My Soul In Sound.” Additional contributions from John Pirrucello, James Haggerty, Leddie Garcia, Greg Wieczorek, and singers Michelle Vidal & Durga McBroom grace tracks throughout the project.
“This is my third album,” says Perhacs. “It is truly my best so far because it is a collaboration with other amazing artists. In our world that is increasingly suffering from an ‘Eclipse Of All Love,’ this album will renew your love and ‘Wash Your Soul In Sound’.”
According to co-producer Sansone: “Working with Linda on I’m A Harmony has been a joy and a true learning experience. She injects so much soul and quiet magic into every molecule of her writing and performances on this album. Working with her I was continuously inspired, and my fandom amplified.”
Co-producer Perdomo said: “Linda Perhacs is a musical treasure. It has been an honour to help Linda continue to bring so much joy to the world with her amazing vision and spirit. I’m A Harmony may be the most ambitious record I have ever been a part of. At 75, Linda is more creative than ever, and I hope she inspires everyone as much as she has inspired me.”
The song The Dancer was released as a single last year:
CD/Digital Track List:
1. Winds of the Sky (featuring Nels Cline)
2. We Will Live (featuring Julia Holter and Devendra Banhart)
3. I’m A Harmony (featuring Julia Holter)
4. The Dancer
5. Crazy Love (featuring the Autumn Defense)
6. Take Your Love To A Higher Level (featuring Durga McBroom and Michelle Vidal)
7. Eclipse Of All Love (featuring Pat Sansone)
8. One Full Circle Around The Sun
9. Beautiful Play (featuring Julia Holter)
10. Visions (featuring Julia Holter)
11. You Wash My Soul in Sound (featuring Mark Pritchard)
Photo by Rachael Pony Cassells (via Omnivore Recordings)