E Pluribus M Ross: Coloured Vinyl LP
Label: Karma Chief Records / Colemine
Release Date: 8th April
Crikey Perkins you'll have someone's eye out with these melodies, they are so sharp, so instantaneous. Very much a post-Beatles late 60s/early 70s pop sound, some tangy jangle on the guitar, some playful harmonies, a bit of a head-wobble on the rhythm, a pinch of country, a little bit of city folk and a bit of piano-jamming whimsy.
For those who dig: Nillson, Paul Simon, Michael Rault, John Andrews & The Yawns, The Pink Stones, Silver Synthetic...
“M Ross Perkins is like the perfect percolated distillation of Nilsson and Emitt Rhodes, one minute SoCal hamony pop inspired by the Fabs’ trippy era, the next Merseybeat, and often silly, but biographical, like Harry at his best.” Shindig! // Like some kind of time-hopping wizard with preternatural melodic sensibilities, M Ross Perkins is back with his sophomore full-length, E Pluribus M Ross. The album, his first for Colemine/Karma Chief Records, is another masterclass in home recording with 12 shimmering slices of purely perfect psychedelic pop. In describing Perkins, it’s not wrong to namecheck Rhodes and Nilsson, but you have to expand that list of influences to include pop-rock visionaries like Brian Wilson, Colin Blunstone, and even John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Let’s also throw in the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Kinks as well. Perkins clearly learned plenty of helpful tips from these and other legends that made the late 1960s and early 1970s such a magical musical time, but he has charted his own singular path from the past and back again. The hooks, arrangements, and overall sense of songcraft are as sophisticated as the work of Wilson and Nilsson, which is remarkable when you consider Perkins not only produced all of the musical arrangements but also played all of the instruments and sang all of the vocal parts on the album. Even more impressive, Perkins is able to evoke all of these iconic figures in his songs without resorting to psych-rock cliches or outright thievery. It’s an extraordinary balancing act, and what emerges is a shimmering tapestry of skillfully-woven musical threads, each harkening back to the past while simultaneously pointing toward the future. So, take our advice and join Perkins on his magical mystery trip through time, E Pluribus M Ross.