In the last 10 years or so, Linda Perhacs (and her 1970 album Parallelograms) has grown from an obscure cult oddity to an extremely important influence on many popular contemporary artists, and last year she began to embrace the role more than ever. We saw her perform her first show in New York during Mexican Summer’s Five Year Anniversary party, and next week, after 44 years, she will release her second album, The Soul Of All Natural Things.
The album is made with the help of many artists inspired by Perhacs, including Devendra Banhart, Julia Holter, and Nite Jewel, and it will be put out on Sufjan Stevens’ label. It’s a beautiful record that blends studio experimentalism with pastoral folk music in the way that Stevens, Holter, and Banhart (and don’t forget Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs) have found great success in emulating. Now you can stream the entire album via NPR.
The Soul Of All Natural Things is out 3/4 via Asthmatic Kitty.