Sunday, December 23, 2018

Recording: Sandro Perri

Artist: Sandro Perri

Song: In Another Life

Recorded at The Tranzac (Main Hall), November 4, 2018.

Sandro Perri - In Another Life

In celebrating the release of In Another Life, Sandro Perri spent a fair amount of the set darting around the album, presenting some older songs (like "Wolfman" and "Double Suicide", with Ryan Driver as usual coming up to add his voice on the latter) as well as some of the as-yet unreleased songs (like the wonderfully subtle funk of "Wrong About the Rain") that didn't find a place on the new album — there was even a brand new song (possibly called "California Blue") debuted at the start of the set. And yet, the new album material is so expansive in scope that it exerted a certain gravitational pull over the rest of the set. Only the first third (sans guest vocalist/songwriters) of "Everybody's Paris" was essayed, but "In Another Life" was presented in all its glory — "an ongoing experiment", as Perri explained afterwards, where the musical choices could bounce off the song at slightly different angles every time. Mike Smith, making subtle adjustments via the sampler, was key to the presentation here, while Blake Howard's percussion kept it from being too tightly locked into that determinist groove. (Josh Cole, on fretless bass, and Thomas Hammerton on keyb completed the group.) I posted a recording of Perri's solo version of this song not so long ago, but this seems like a case where the alternate arrangement gives a beneficially-different approach to its study.

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