Elvis Perkins in Dearland may fit easily into the folk category, but one of the most striking qualities of Perkins’ music is his ability to pull the best from past decades in music history (decades dominated, ironically, by his namesake) and write them, maybe not into a single song, but a singe album, the self-titled “Elvis Perkins in Dearland,” which came out earlier this year. Referencing everything from blues to R&B to good ol’ barnstomping rock ‘n’ roll, Perkins’ performance is as confident as his songwriting. Listening to one of his albums is a bit like taking a step back in time (even his bandmates’ names are old timey: Brigham and Wyndham!); His yips and warbling echo Buddy Holly and some of his lyrics are straight out of the Old Testament, but the effect that all these styles have when played in harmony is a sound all his own.
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