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4th November 2011

Unplugged style

Sandro Perri says he doesn’t put labels on his personal creativity

Sandro Perri’s new album, Impossible Places, was released last month, but took four years to write, record and self-produce.
Sandro Perri’s new album, Impossible Places, was released last month, but took four years to write, record and self-produce. (Supplied)

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Sandro Perri has had a lot of names in his 12-year career — Polmo Polpo, Glissandro 70, Dot Wiggin and Continuous Dick. The different pseudonyms reflect his varying sound ranging from ambient techno to jazz.

“I hope that style itself is just dissolving, disappearing,” he told the Journal via email. “I like to think that the music is becoming more liquid. Hopefully it has become harder to talk about and less useful as background or ‘lifestyle’ music.”

The Toronto-based musician began his career in 1999, investing his own money to produce his first four albums. Since 1999 he has released more than a dozen records. But Perri said he sees music as fluid and doesn’t like putting labels on his personal creativity and musical style.

Perri was originally interested in electronic and experimental music, but eventually moved to a more unplugged style using his own guitar and vocals with a six-piece band.

His new album Impossible Spaces was released Oct. 18, offering audiences a combination of his past styles with an eclectic mix of electronics and compositional ideas.

“The best thing for me would be for you to feel something you can’t explain,” he said. “To hear something that is just out of reach, maybe, so that you might want to take it home and chew on it for a while.”

A frequent collaborator, Perri has worked with a diverse set of musicians. He joined forces with Craig Dunsmuir in 2006 to create the experimental dance album Glissandro 70 that combined West African-inspired guitar with chants, dance and electronics.

Perri has also worked with Great Lake Swimmers, Woodpigeon and Mickey Moonlight throughout his career.

Perri said he’s not looking to make money.

“The inspiration is primarily to play music for the joy of it,” he said. “A career is necessary if you wanna eat, but it’s not really the fulfilling part. Music always has the potential to surprise, even when you’re the one playing it.”

Perri will be performing in Kingston for the fourth time in six years — this time with a new record and new band. “I hope they don’t care to know anything about me. I hope they just want to hear the music.”

Sandro Perri plays the Artel on Sunday.

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