Elvis Perkins is more equipped than most to deal with morbid romance and stripped-bare emotional intimacy ?
The son of actor Anthony Perkins, best known as Norman Bates Psycho, and Vogue photographer Berry Berenson, the poignant tone of this debut LP is no doubt owing in large part to his father's AIDS-related death, and the loss of his mother as a passenger on board one of the ill-fated planes inadvertently bound for the Twin Towers on September 11.
Perkins' warm understated vocals are perfect for the material which ranges from the beautifully haunting to the ethereal. Perkins is a talent all right.
On this debut album, he proves to be a cross between Nick Drake and Tom Waits - complete with all the emotional baggage these two fine troubadours dealt with in their material. Skip moments are at a premium - but, if push comes to shove, Sleep Sandwich and All The Night Without Love are the best tracks.