New Elvis Perkins In Dearland – “Shampoo”

Just before the new year we pointed you over to the new Elvis Perkins In Dearland site, where the fuss-worthy folkie and Class of ’06 BTW threw up a few streaming tunes from the forthcoming self-titled long-player. One of those cuts was the heavy-hitting, swinging/stomping “Shampoo,” which I’d put next to “While You Were Sleeping” as a trademark tune, in Perkins’s setlists since I’ve been tracking his live shows but only now getting its long overdue studio treatment. Wurlitzer and acoustic, harmonica and harmonies flesh out allusions to John Jacob Niles (“Black is the color of a strangled rainbow / That’s the color of my lung / Black is the color of my true love’s arrow / That’s the color of human blood”) which Elvis delivers with a signature mix of breezy melody and nostalgic desperation. Point being, you should have this MP3:

Elvis Perkins In Dearland – “Shampoo” (MP3)

Elvis Perkins In Dearland is out 3/10 via XL. And there will be some shows to celebrate:

03/09 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
03/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
03/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
03/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom