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It's easy to dismiss this as sub Mitchell and indeed in 1970 the world was swamped in such singer songwriters. But a listen will convince you that Parallelograms stands up on its own rights. The title track is a joyful play on words and soundscapes and was the sort of `spaced out' sound that was more the preserve on English psychedelic bands. Not a girl composing songs totally isolated in a dentists. Put it on repeat and its prescience becomes clear. Chimacum Rain if anything is better, a spacey song which will bring back languid afternoons with a lover. The variety of music on the tracks throughout shows a surprising range. Linda was not a one trick pony. Indeed the one unreleased song, If You Were My Man is even pure Carpenters! For me the standout track is also the simplest song, Hey, Who Really Cares?, a short lament on loneliness which touches all the buttons. If ever there was a song that deserves to become a classic, this is it.
Linda is currently recording again. Whether she can triumphantly return like Vashti will be interesting to see. Whatever the future holds, this is a gem.
Linda Perhacs is very unique and I struggle to compare her to anyone.Therefore I would very much like someone to tell me who is similar to her. But if I was forced to make a comparison, then the best I can do is to say that Linda Perhacs is probably the Californian version of Vashti Bunyan. She made one album in the early '70s and then nothing else. Not even one this century! Although I've forced myself to compare Linda Perhacs to Vashti Bunyan, they are still very different. Linda Perhacs being the slightly more experimental of the two.
The opening song on this album, Chimacum Rain, is simply dazzling. One of the most vivid songs I have ever heard.
I cannot recommend this album enough.
It seems to me that given a slightly different course she would be rubbing shoulders with the Joni Mitchels and Kate Bushs of this world. A real hidden find. Spaced out hippy music interlaced with top quality folk gives the albumn a timeless quality that will be loved by anyone who enjoys Joni, Kate, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens/Yousef Islam, Jose Gonzalez, Damien Rice and the like.
One song (2) is a sore thumb, one is quite "far out", a couple are slightly flat/drab, the others are as if sung by an angel. no joke.
"Parallelograms" in particular is just utterly... unique... a synthesthetic marriage of painting and shape that (excuse the pun) has no parallel anywhere else. Songs dripping in gentle attunement to wild places, full of sun, nothing nasty, mean, or dark.This is an album that touches a very deep harmonious part of us. It is full of healing energy.
And all of this from a dental hygenist singing in the late 1960s who eschewed drugs, had a regular job and yet retained this sense of wonder and a crystal purity to her voice. Vashti Bunyan and Shelagh Macdonald have both gathered a second burst of critical acclaim but i'd say that Linda's voice is far more beautiful and less affected than either of them.
Stand out tracks include the zen-like simplicity of "Chimacum rain" and the mysterious, compelling "Moons and Cattails". "Dolphins" is also lyrical, soft, simple.
This kind of music is so fragile... and when it first came out the record company ruined the mix. Thankfully all is righted now.If you are attuned to a sense of wonder at nature, and so many are, these days, then you will be easily seduced by this.
Essential listening. Nothing funny, wierd, cheap or risible about this CD. Pay it and the artist the respect this talent deserves. Just the fact that these songs were ever written and laid down in a recording studio seems almost a miracle in itself.Read more ›
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A hidden gem from the flower power era, A creative blend of Joni Mitchell style folk and the harmonics/ chimes from a relaxation CD. Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. A. Nelson
Good quality vinyl and unique record. Just discovered this old treasure because of her New record, but this one is much better.Published on 10 April 2014 by Tore Beinnes
Wonderful and enchanting album. It has lovely melodies and great lyrics - a classic record which I would highly recommend!Published on 1 April 2014 by Miss L J Jones
Inspirational songs sung with an amazing voice. The good old times can't get much better than this. Listen and Enjoy.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Matteo Boni
Transcendent, airy folk from an earth sprite native to California. A dental hygienist, Linda Perhacs had little background in music but submerged herself in the counterculture of... Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2012 by Jack