Perkins' despondent (yet somehow soothing) vocals are somewhat reminiscent of crooners Jeff Buckley, Colin Meloy (eh) or Rufus Wainwright—but minus all that excessive theatricality. And recently signed to XL Recordings (home to indie powerhouses Devendra Banhart, M.I.A., Basement Jaxx, Thom Yorke, Ratatat, Peaches and Tapes 'n Tapes), we've seen Perkins' name exalted in all the major music blogs in the past few months. Or maybe—just maybe—you recognize the name from his tour opening for local pseudo-celeb Matt Costa.
Listen to his tracks off Ash Wednesday here.
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Oh, and P.S.? Here's what music blog favorite Brooklyn Vegan had to say about Perkins' July 1st, 2006 Bowery Ballroom show with Costa:
7) There were more people at the show for Elvis Perkins than for Matt Costa who was headlining (I left too).