It’s been nearly 44 years since influential psych-folk singer Linda Perhacs released her debut LP, the 1970 cult classic Parallelograms. The follow-up, The Soul of All Natural Things, is out March 4 via Sufjan Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty. Julia Holter and Nite Jewel’s Ramona Gonzalez contributed to the LP. According to a press release, they helped revive Perhacs’ musical activity.
The press release notes that, for the new record, Perhacs was inspired by the documentary Inside Björk and Brazilian singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento (she learned about the latter artist through Devendra Banhart, with whom she collaborated on Banhart’s 2007 album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon).
Perhacs offered a statement regarding her intent with Soul:
We get too far out of balance and we must find a way to get back to our polestar. I felt that people needed to be reminded of that. My music isn’t just recreational, it’s not just entertainment. I have a deeper purpose. My soul is giving itself to the people; I want them to be helped, I want them to be lifted.
In the press release, Sufjan Stevens said, “Linda has a prophetic voice that speaks beauty and truth with the kind of confidence and hope that has been lost for decades.”
Read Mark Richardson’s Resonant Frequency column on Linda Perhacs and cult records.
The Soul of All Natural Things:
01 The Soul of All Natural Things
03 River of God
07 Prisms of Glass
09 When Things Are True Again
10 Song of the Planets