Boomkat Product Review:
Does the name Sandro Perri ring a bell? It should do, he was the man behind some of our favourite (cough) ‘electronica’ albums a few years back under the Polmo Polpo moniker, before he packed it in and took to songwriting. No, don’t turn off now – it’s not like that, Perri can actually play and actually sing, and in fact in a strange way his music always had a slippery organic quality to it. ‘Impossible Spaces’ is his first LP for ages and sort of sounds like that; it’s only seven tracks but each one feels meticulous and hand crafted. There’s the kind of hiccupping complex-not-complex arrangement that I actually miss right now with my feet wet from the brown lo-fi sludge the current scene’s been swimming in. Sandro Perri has bucked this, and while ‘Impossible Spaces’ is far from hi-fi, there’s more than a few cautious nods to classic Steely Dan in the far-reaching compositions seen here. The strange blend of jazzy guitar, live drums and zapping analogue synthesizers (I’m sure I even heard a 303 in there somewhere) is so flawlessly executed and endearing it’s easy to get sucked in from the killer first track. Perri has somehow blended the wheezing outsider-disco of Arthur Russell (remember his ace cover of ‘Kiss Me Again and Again’?) with the compositional trickery of yacht rock and come out smiling on the other end and that’s no mean feat. If you’re still unsure, check album centerpiece ‘Wolfman’ which jumps from the kind of crooning boat-riding odd-excess Dirty Projectors made their own into something that sounds more like classic Birmingham synth duo Plone. ‘Impossible Spaces’ is one of the weirdest concoctions of sounds I’ve come across this year, and one I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with. A huge recommendation.