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Ash Wednesday [Elvis Perkins]

  • 1. While You Were Sleeping
    2. All the Night Without Love
    3. May Day
    4. Moon Woman, Pt. 2
    5. It's Only Me
    6. Emile's Vietnam in the Sky
    7. Ash Wednesday
    8. Night & The Liquor, The
    9. It's a Sad World After All
    10. Sleep Sandwich
    11. Good Friday
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 262

  • Credits
    ProducerEthan Gold; Ethan Gold
    EngineerZed Starkovich; David Alhert; Tom Mark

    Personnel: Elvis Perkins (vocals, guitar, piano); Elvis Perkins; Ethan Gold (vocals, harmonium, vibraphone, glockenspiel, double bass, drums, shaker, tambourine, timpani); Shana Levy, Ariana Lenarsky, Becky Stark (vocals); Paul Chesne (guitar); Levi Person (bottleneck guitar); William Hood (banjo); Peggy Baldwin (cello); Tim Chokan, Johnny Burks (trumpet); Justin Meyerowitz (trombone); Larry Rott (harmonium, double bass); Mitchell Robe (organ, Moog synthesizer); Gary Mallaber (drums, drum); Nicholas Kinsey , Osgood Perkins (drums); Michael Seifert (bongos); Antoine Silverman (violin, fiddle); Brigham Brough (double bass); Janeen Rae Heller.
    Audio Mixers: Ethan Gold; David Alhert.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Phantom.
    Arranger: Ethan Gold.
    Elvis Perkins is the son of film star Anthony Perkins, who passed away from AIDS-related complications, and photographer Berry Berenson, who died in the September 11th attacks. If tragedy begets great art, Elvis Perkins certainly has plenty of real-life material for his tales of heartbreak and sorrow. On his first album, ASH WEDNESDAY, Perkins crafts brooding, reflective songs that manage to be heartrendingly sad yet still hopeful. Relying on softly strummed guitar chords over simple, understated arrangements, the music lends support to Perkins's earnest, fragile voice--a soft whisper that boils in intensity to a crackling falsetto. Coupled with surprisingly lush orchestral arrangements that move the album past folk towards flowery pop, ASH WEDNESDAY is a stunning debut from a rising young star.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'While You Were Sleeping' has a trancelike feel and chilling lyrics....'May Day!' sounds like a lost Neutral Milk Hotel hoedown."
    Spin (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t takes a melancholic turn midway through, a the title and penultimate tracks swell with velvety strings, elegizing a tragic skyline."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "His lilting compositions possess a lyrical grace that recalls Elliott Smith, or even Dylan..." -- Grade: B+
    Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Perkins conjures a rare magic, Sparse, melancholic but always human..."
    No Depression (p.86) - "[F]or all the pain his voice expresses, Perkins also conveys a stoic serenity....On this impressive debut album, he really does make it hurt so good."
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