Friday 8th December 8pm
Perlee’s music ebbs and flows between dream pop and slow core in the vein of theCocteau Twins, Low and Yo La Tengo. So far they have released 2 E.P.s & an L.P. to excellent critical reception and radio play across Germany, Ireland, the U.S. and more. Theband recently played two sold out shows in Ireland and now look forward to presenting the songs from their new album ‘Speaking From Other Rooms’ in Germany.
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 thenight.
In 2018, the pair moved to Berlin and quickly found a small flat in an old industrial part of Berlin called Moabit. They had the good fortune, through friends, of finding a rehearsalspace 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 earlydays, 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 untilthe 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, Keaton Henson), who also mixed the album, recorded his parts in London. This collaborationbrought a sense of spaciousness to the project and meant that the songs could be reflected upon and refined as the process gradually progressed.
Released on April 21st 2023, Speaking From Other Rooms is a celebration of an interior life and the desire to connect and love, be that unconditional, familial or romantic with ahealthy dose of dystopia thrown in for good measure.
One of The Irish Times’ “10 best Irish albums of 2023 so far”
‘…weave the kind of spells that are virtually impossible to escape from. The result is an unexpected, under-ether thrill ride, equal measures woozy, wistful and wonderful.’ – The Irish Times
‘One of the country’s most singular talents.’ – The Thin Air
About Dave Hedderman:
Over the last twenty years, Dublin-born and Berlin-based artist David Hedderman has cultivated an impressive career as a visual artist with his vibrant style of portraits which often feature beautifully textured and captivating backdrops for his figures to exist within. Hedderman’s striking idiosyncratic style seamlessly translates in his songwriting, as demonstrated in his upcoming dynamic and deft debut album, Pulling At The Briars.
Recorded live over five-days with Brendan Jenkinson (Aoife Nessa Frances, John Francis Flynn, Villagers) in Sonic Studios, Dublin, Ireland, Pulling At The Briars was produced by Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Hedderman’s close childhood friend and former bandmate in The Immediate who says of the record, “I think Dave has made something special here.” The atmosphere conjured during the recording sessions was amplified by the potent cast of collaborators featuring Peter Broderick, David A. Tapley (Tandem Felix), Cory Blair, and Aidan FloatingHome, each of whom add rich flourishes to the expansive material.
David Hedderman’s debut single ‘Blue Jeans’ from Pulling At The Briars was released September 15th via Groenland Records. It is a luminous representation of the album as it delicately weaves the lush textures of pedal steel, violin and the haunting resonance of piano which beautifully permeate throughout the record with a mystifying air. Of the themes anchoring ‘Blue Jeans’, Hedderman explains: “It’s a simple, melodic song mixing the minutiae with the bigger things in life. When I sing a song like this, it provides me with a distance to process and find comfort in singing.” His next single ‘Permanent Blush’ is out mid Winter.
David Hedderman – Blue Jeans (official video) link:
8pm Ticket: €15/12