Album Review: Elvis Perkins
Facts about this album:
* Elvis Perkins is the son of actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson.
* His band, who are called In Dearland, are Brigham Brough (bass), Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (organ) and Nick Kinsey (drums).
* Perkins released his debut studio album, ‘Ash Wednesday’ in 2007.
Where Elvis Perkins’ debut ‘Ash Wednesday’ was an eloquent exploration of grief at the death of his parents, the follow-up sees him bringing his touring band along for a dance at the wake. Yet, while the musicianship of Perkins’ enthusiastic bandmates helps him expand on his own thoughtful take on American roots music, they offer little new to the musical world. Aside from ‘I’ll Be Arriving’, where a mournful stomp and deranged horns create the air of a New Orleans funeral march, this is fairly tedious trad fare. Perkins clearly has stories to tell of difficult journeys travelled, but unfortunately it comes across as yet another Yank putting out the roadside campfire with dribble from his harmonica.