shares new single
from forthcoming album
out 2nd October
via MIR/Petaluma Records
Elvis Perkins has shared a new taste of his upcoming album Creation Myths by way of a timeless and sweeping new single “See Through.” Of the track he notes, “See Through is something of a ghost song, or a ghosting-right-before-the-eyes song. And perhaps also something of a muted paean to the ameliorative quality of music, as herein we have two conflicted people in a shared space happily enough disappearing down the forking paths of their respective headphones. To me one of the best moments of the whole Sam Cohen-produced LP is the sonic vanishing act he pulls off in the final seconds of this track.”
Creation Myths will be released on October 2 via MIR/Petaluma Records. Elvis has previously shared “Half Life” which premiered on American Songwriter who wrote “the single boasts country twang and a longing for love, united with pristine clarity from Perkins vocals. The emotive storytelling in the lyrics suggest Perkins’ intimate ties to the song, while taking a hard look into hidden perspectives from the human mind based on unifying experiences.” Previous to that he shared the album’s closer with the video for “Anonymous” which landed on NPR’s “New Music Friday” playlist and Uproxx’s “Best New Music This Week” list where they labeled it both “epic” and “swooning.” The video was shot by director Steven Sebring in New York City just weeks before lockdown.
Creation Myths was produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Guster, Benjamin Booker) and marks the first album Perkins has released since his soundtrack to the 2017’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter, a film directed by his brother, Osgood. The forthcoming LP makes subtle nods to Americana and spooky, blissed-out folk, but never lights for too long on any one spot. If there is a lyrical or thematic through-line to Creation Myths, it might simply be a longing for connection, be it romantic or spiritual. He notes, “Sometimes you do the best things when you don’t know what you’re doing yet. I called this record Creation Myths because, in a way, I really don’t know how these songs came into being. So they are the explanation of themselves.”
Perkins has a long and storied career as a maker of songs, releasing several celebrated albums since his appearing with his critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Ash Wednesday (XL Recordings). At the time he toured extensively with his Elvis Perkins In Dearland band and in 2009 they released both the Billboard charting Elvis Perkins In Dearland LP, and the Doomsday EP, both via XL. In 2015 Elvis released I Aubade via MIR.
In recent years Elvis has made two film scores: I Am the Pretty Thing the Lives in the House and The Blackcoat’s Daughter. A soundtrack album for the latter was released via Death Waltz Recording Co. in 2017. His single, “There Go the Nightmericans” with the help of Revolutions Per Minute directs all proceeds to The Emergent Fund which supports communities most threatened by Trump administration policy.
Until Covid hit the world, Elvis was in a Beth Morrison Productions theater piece, HOME, the brainchild of his old friend, Geoff Sobelle (Object Lesson), for which he provided live original music. HOME world premiered at Philly Fringe Arts in 2017 and had been scheduled to tour internationally through 2021.