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Perlee Share New Single “Reckoning” – Taken From New Album “Speaking From Other Rooms” due April 21st

March 20, 2023
 Mattia Stellacci

Perlee share new single ‘Reckoning’

Debut Album Speaking From Other Rooms 
is due out on April 21st

Speaking from Other Rooms, the debut album from Berlin-based Irish band Perlee, is an album about unconditional love, the banality of a capitalist society, destiny and self-realisation. Mostly though it is about love; long-distance love, love that strives to exist across a physical distance, across generations, between lovers and across time.

Although much of the album is sprawling and dreamlike, on Speaking From Other Rooms Perlee also demonstrate their aptitude for writing catchy indie-pop earworms. New single ‘Reckoning’ was sonically inspired by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ song ‘Maps’. The track is about the end of the world and “that weird space where you contemplate the end of being and what matters.” Of their new single, O’Keeffe says: 

We were trying to capture that weird feeling you can get from trying to connect online with family. Necessary and welcome but difficult and strained. We wanted to start the 2nd half of the record with a bang but also have a sense of continuity with some of the sounds introduced in the first half. We had the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s song ‘Maps’ in our minds as we were recording, especially for Matt’s drum part. It was fun for us to have a riff based song leading to a euphoric chorus. We retreat to our dreamy safe place on the outro as your soul drifts away into the evermore of infinity!’

Tension between distance and nearness has shaped the past few years in which Saramai Leech and Cormac O’Keeffe have been working on their debut LP. After two EP releases, Speaking from Other Rooms is the duo’s first full-length record. Perlee combine a melancholic dreaminess with dense intensity, the kind you might expect from bands like Low, Mogwai or Radiohead. 

The couple, who originally met through the DIY scene in their hometown of Navan, formed Perlee whilst living in a small house in the farmer’s quarters of a large stately home, surrounded by huge trees, peacocks and farm dogs. The house was so remote that they were able to spend their evenings drinking red wine and playing loud music late into the night. 

In 2018, the pair moved to Berlin and quickly found a small flat in an old industrial part of the city called Moabit. They had the good fortune, through friends, of finding a rehearsal space on the grounds of an old hospital around the corner and began developing the sound they had first struck upon while living in the remote Irish countryside. In the early days, the couple enjoyed the many spaces the city provided in which to showcase their music. They played several gigs every week in smoky bars, house concerts and clubs until the pandemic hit.

Unable to tour they began to focus fully on the production of their album. The songs were mainly written in their Berlin studio, while drummer Matt Ingram (Laura Marling, LUMP), who also mixed the album, recorded his parts in London. This collaboration brought a sense of spaciousness to the project and meant that the songs could be reflected upon and refined as the process gradually progressed.

During the recording of the album, Saramai became pregnant with their son, and so began the race to get everything finished before the baby arrived. “I was a few days overdue and having conversations with my bump, asking that he would let me have a couple more days to finish mixing and exporting the album. Luckily he obliged!” she says. 

A taste of the forthcoming album is the new track “Reckoning” which you can hear below-

This blazing drum beat enters the colossal soundscape, keeping this fierce drum fill and intoxicating beat through the landscape, joined by the resilient tones, the raucous fuzz, and heavy guitar tones that pack out the landscape. Whilst dazzling, shimmering effects sweep through the mammoth structure with just enough clarity to shine, the audience embraces that elevation but it’s the ethereal vocal harmonies that direct and inject emotion into the very heavy world. The delicate harmonies capture this tender aspect which soon establishes this contrast to the vast soundscape, this floating tenderness that exudes from the lyrics, intelligently challenges the harshness of the tones.

The new release consumes you, and the scale of the vision is out of this world. Enthralled by this release, imagine the record in its entirety.

Due out on April 21st, Speaking From Other Rooms is a celebration of an interior life and the desire to connect and love, be that unconditional, familial, romantic, or self-love, with a healthy dose of dystopia thrown in for good measure. 

Speaking from Other Rooms Track Listing

Slow Motion Impact

Bad Night’s Sleep




Lived Out Moons


The Wave



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