Sunday, May 29, 2011

Elvis Perkins in Dearland -- Doomsday EP

Looks like Mr. Camping was wrong and we're all still here (save for one Mr. Randy "Macho Man" Savage), safe from earthquakes. That's no reason you shouldn't enjoy more doomsday music though. As promised, here is more Elvis Perkins. If you didn't already know, Elvis is the son of Anthony Perkins of Psycho fame. Mr. Perkins the senior died of AIDS and his mother was killed during the 9/11 attacks the day before the ninth anniversary of his father's death. Elvis Perkins music is understandably bleak, but always contains a hint of hope and optimism. This EP features some alternate versions oftracks off Perkins's eponymous second album, Elvis Perkins in Dearland as well as a few unreleased tracks. There's a slowed down version of Doomsday that is great, but by no means superior to the uplifting, New Orleans, funeral march of the album version. You'll also find a rocking version of "Stay, Zombie, Stay" that I prefer to the album version as well a nice cover of folk standard "Gypsy Davy," and "Weeping Mary," an original spiritual that could easily pass as a cover considering it was written and performed by a bunch of thirty year old white guys. Truly a great complement to Elvis Perkins in Dearland.

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