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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Soul of All Natural Things (5:01)
2. Children (3:16)
3. River of God (4:23)
4. Daybreak (2:32)
5. Intensity (5:52)
6. Freely (3:33)
7. Prisms of Glass (4:20)
8. Immunity (3:11)
9. When Things Are True Again (4:37)
10. Song of the Planets (5:26)

Total Time 42:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Linda Perhacs / lead vocals & all lyrics
- Chris Price / vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion, programming & effects
- Fernando Perdomo / acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion
- Julia Holter / vocals, keyboards
- Ramona Gonzalez / vocals, keyboards
- Ryan Holquist / drums & percussion (3,5,7)
- Derek Cintron / cajˇn (8)
- David Goodstein / drums (5)
- Eric Summer & Kate Reddish / strings (2,10)
- Kaitlin Wolfberg / strings (1)

Releases information

Recorded at Reseda Ranch Studios, September 2012 - April 2013
Produced by Chris Price, Fernando Perdomo and Linda Perhacs
Cover Art: photo by Lauren Dukoff, cover design by Bethany Davis, layout by David J. Woodruff

Asthmatic Kitty Records
Catalog: AKR119
Release date: March 4, 2014

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Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars One of the greatest gifts and tragedies of the world of psychedelic folk has be the rather unique tale of folk singer / songwriter LINDA PERHACS who has undoubtedly gone down in history as the world's most famous musical dental hygienist with a classic album under her belt that didn't quite start out that way. While her journey began in Mill Valley, CA, in the late 60s she moved to Beverly Hills where she started her new career but while she was studying the procedures of maintaining proper smiles and the dreaded science of root canals, she was also writing her own songs and developing one of the most beautiful vocal styles to have ever graced the contemporary folk scene. As chance would have it, one of her clients who happened to be film composer Leonard Rosenman heard her demos and was so blown away by LINDA's angelic vocal performances that he offered her the chance to record an entire album.

Intrigued and smitten by the possibility of becoming the next Joni Mitchell perhaps, PERHACS set her dental career aside while she recorded and released her 1970 debut album "Parallelograms." While providing the perfect soundtrack for an ethereal ride through the psychedelic haze of the 60s ceding into the 70s, the album was completely ignored and lurked as a footnote in history for decades as the few copies pressed slowly disappeared from the world one by one, however the few staunch fans who fell in love with PERHACS' unique and stunningly precise vocal style managed to keep her career on life support and slowly but surely throughout the decades introduced her to a new audience one member at at a time.

By the 90s, "Parallelograms" had become a veritable cult legend and at long last The Wild Places which specialized in folk music re- released the album but did so from the original vinyl source leading to an inferior quality. Impressed with the album's ability to transcend the listener into a high vibratory state, the label spent the next couple of years trying to contact LINDA and finally hit pay dirt in 2000 when they not only located her but were able to find the master tapes which they quickly did a thorough remastering job and once again re-released the album in 2003. The album that went completely unnoticed continued to achieve the status of one of the greatest albums to have gone nowhere all through the early 2000s and by the end of the noughts, it was becoming obvious that despite all the odds, the demand for LINDA's music was only growing solely off a single album released quietly all the way back in 1970.

The momentum only continued when the demo "If You Were My Man" (only featured as a bonus track on remastered versions) was featured in Daft Punk's film "Electroma" and an unlikely ally in the form of Opeth's Mikael ┼kerfeldt who was single-handedly circulating copies of the album as he too was so impressed by its greatness. After retiring from her career as a dental hygienist, LINDA PERHACS was given the long lost chance of reviving her music career and finally in the year 2014 her second album THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS finally hit the scene a full 44 years after her debut, a feat that exceeds even that of another angelic folk singer Vashti Bunyan who also released a sole album in 1970 but found a second calling with her sophomore release in 2005. While the likelihood that a vocalist still has the goods to follow up an album so many years later is practically nil, the likelihood of it sounding even remotely close to the spirit of its predecessor is seemingly equally impossible.

But not in the case of LINDA PERHACS who despite achieving the tender age of 70 years simply dissolves the decades in between with an amazingly brilliant performance that defied all odds of even existing. Personally i call this estrogen folk as it displays ethereal haunting female vocals that soar to the heavens and rarely come back down to our low vibratory center on the Earth. While such glory is common for young vixens still of reproductive age, often elders of the female gender lose their angelic vox box as the estrogen cedes and the testosterone intercedes but the amazing thing about LINDA PERHACS is that she effortlessly glides up and down the soprano scales without the slightest sense of strain. Utterly amazing considering she has spent her decades primarily in the dentist's office and not in the recording studio. While "Parallelograms" was a tender series of psychedelic folk songs that soared to the heavens, THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS displays a much more diverse roster of tracks that infuse the folksy flavors of the past with a more contemporary mix of dream pop which includes ethnic flavors and percussive beats.

While the dreamy free-flowing folk songs and multi-tracked harmonies easily connect the dots between LINDA's past and the present, the sole voice in the wilderness is augmented by some guests in the form of Julia Holter's vocal appearance on "Prisms of Glass" and the backing vocals of Ramona Gonzalez which makes this album sound more like a group effort rather than a solo one. The album is impeccably produced, creatively composed and hosts a wide range of interlocking melodic hooks that give this album more pop sensibilities and also a wide range of new age sounds but for anyone who loved the dreamy mix of folk and sound effects of the debut, will not be disappointed by this slightly more accessible album that at times sounds a bit like the modern releases of Dead Can Dance. In short, THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS is a stunningly beautiful album that flows nicely from beginning to end and although i wouldn't quite say it surpasses the majesty of "Parallelograms," it certainly is a strong followup especially given the 44 years that elapsed in between. Luckily LINDA stuck to it this time around and released her third album "I'm A Harmony" in 2017 proving that dental hygienists certainly do get second chances to reach for the stars.

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