While you were sleeping

Photography by Rose & Olive

I bought this album on a whim, I thought I read something positive and thought the album cover looked cool enough, why not? I love it when these blind buys work out nicely. Fucking Elvis Perkins, son of the late Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame), whose mother died crashing into a tower on 9/11. Sweet fucking jesus.

This album is melancholy, and who can blame the man? Born under fame, orphaned via death, and from it came beauty. You get the voice of Neutral Milk Hotel, the instrumentation of Decemberists, the melancholy of Leonard Cohen, a touch of old-timey-ness (think M. Ward or old country) and you get this guy.

Grab, enjoy, and purchase…

Elvis Perkin – While You Were Sleeping

while you were sleeping
the babies grew
the stars shined and the shadows moved
time flew, the phone rang
there was a silence when the kitchen sang
its songs competed like kids for space
we stared for hours in our maker’s face
they gave us picks
said go mine the sun
and gold and come back when you’re done
while you were sleeping
you tossed, you turned
you rolled your eyes as the world burned
the heavens fell, the earth quaked
i thought you must be, but you weren’t awake
no, you were sleeping
you ignored the sun
you grew your power garden
for your little ones
and you found brides for them on christmas eve
they hung young cain from the adam trees
and danced
while you were sleeping
i tossed and i turned
til i closed my eyes
but the future burned
through the planet turned a hair gray
as i relived the day
while you were sleeping
the money died
machines were harmless and the earth sighed
through the wind you slept sound
and gravity caught my love around
the ocean rose, sang about decay
while witches flew
and the mermaids stayed
full of dreams, you overslept
and keeping with quiet, through the walls i crept
i walked on tiptoe, sent darkness swirling over all the kitchen in the early morning
i’ll never catch up to you
who sleeps so sound
my arms are useless
my heart beats too loud to go to sleep
my mind’s too crowded
while you were sleeping
the time changed
all your things were rearranged
your vampire mirrors face to face
they saw forever out into space
and found you dreaming in black and white
while it rained in all the colors of the night
i watched the tvs
vanished to sea
could it be, my honey between you and me
so i waited for the riddled sky
to dissolve again by sunrise
and i’ve made a death suit for life
for my father’s ill widowed wife
did you have that strangest dream before you woke
cos in your gown you had the butterfly stroke
did it escape you like some half told joke?
when you reached for your plume of smoke
it’ll haunt you, my honey bee
anyone who is anyone has that same dream
were you falling
were you flying
and were you calling out
or were you dying
thank god you’re up now
let’s stay that way
else there’ll be no mornings
and no more days
cos when we’re dreaming
our babies grow
the sun shines
and the shadows flow
time flies
the phone rings
there is a silence
and everybody tries to sing

More love for Elvis:
Elvis Perkin – May Day!
Elvis Perkin – Ash Wednesday
Elvis Perkin – It’s Only Me

Go show Elvis some love here, here, and here now.

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