Itâ€™s been six years since Elvis Perkins released an album, but his new release, I Aubade, is something of a departure from his previous work thanks to its moody, raw, stripped-down, DIY sound.
It begins with a dreamy â€œOn Rotation Moses,â€ which is something of an offbeat poetic soundscape, representing the mood of the album well. The songs are personal and Perkins has an ability to emote feeling while creating a slightly off-beat feeling like a beautiful song that hinges on the verge of becoming a nightmare. Songs like â€œMy Kindâ€ and â€œI Came for Fireâ€ are great examples, with their downbeats juxtaposed with ethereal singing. â€œItâ€™s Now Or Never Loves,â€ â€œ& Eveline,â€ and â€œHogus Pogusâ€ are more upbeat highlights, which represent something of an eye of a beautiful yet dispirited hurricane of an album. The album closes much like it opens with a mystifying sound-montage-turned-song titled â€œWheel In the Morning.â€
This is not the type of album that would appeal to the masses, but that has never seemed to concern Perkins, whoâ€™s always followed the beat of his own uprightÂ bass player. I Aubade is a worthy album, albeit one that feels at times uncomfortable emotionally like looking back on a gorgeous memory thatâ€™s become clouded and somber.