Sandro Perri albums are like London buses - you wait ages for one, then two come along next to each other. We waited seven long years for last year’s In Another Life, and barely 12 months later, Soft Landing has arrived. Opening with the gargantuan 16-minute ‘Time (You Got Me)’, it sees Perri explore the guitar, his primary instrument, in greater detail than usual.
Vinyl LP £21.49 CST148LP
180g vinyl LP on Constellation. Includes art print poster.
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CD £11.99 CST148CD
CD on Constellation.
Warmth is a trait I really value in music. Some music is just pleasant to sit with, to bask in. And not just a physical warmth, but an emotional and spiritual one. The wonderful ‘Blume’ by London jazz band Nérija is a record the springs to mind here, and now so is Sandro Perri’s second album in two years, ‘Soft Landing’.
The primary vector for this warmth is Perri’s delightful guitar playing. It’s effortless and breezy, kind of like Spanish guitar witout that bite. It's in no way obnoxious, if you were relaxing on a beach and Perri rocked up beside you with a guitar you might not ask him to stop. Sometimes that guitar gets passed through effects pedals that give it a yacht club wetness, a comparison that is made all the easier by ‘Wrong About The Rain’s extremely Steely Dan bass line.
Warmth also emerges from Perri’s languid and carefree approach to song structure. It’s carefree in the way that Destroyer and label mate Eric Chenaux can be. It’s ambitious but never challenging. How else could ‘Time (You Got Me)’s sixteen minute run time pass by so easily?
Warmest of all is ‘Floriana’. Never before has a song felt so much like watching the sun set on a beautiful summer day. The flute, euphonium and trumpet combine in such a charming way, it’s hard not to smile.
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