Songs Of Praise

LP £17.99
  • UPC: 5051083148801
  • Release Date: 28 June 2019


Label Review. 

2019 album. Singer songwriter. Also available on CD.

Our Overview. 

Often referred to as one of music’s best kept secrets, internationally acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Perry Blake’s new album ‘Songs Of Praise’ - his seventh studio album - is an unquestionable return to form and following a hiatus of some 13 years. With tinges of Goldfrapp and John Grant, it’s a fine example of Blake’s seductive and faultless songwriting. And as applauded by the Sunday Times “A fine songwriter with a great voice - a little Blake goes a long way”.

’Songs Of Praise’ is released by UK label Moochin’ About / PIAS and has traces of Perry’s previous heady work - not dissimilar to his debut Perry Blake. But this record is a major leap into 2019 and finds Perry at the height of his powers. Jason Lazell, head of Moochin’ About Records, although I was a fan from the outset, it was only while driving around Los Angeles listening to, appropriately, California - Perry’s 2002 album, I was first struck by the genius of Perry... Lazell said: “I regard Perry Blake as being one of Europe’s great unsung musical heroes. ‘Songs of Praise’ is a breathtaking record of high drama that we are absolutely thrilled to present and release. ‘Songs of Praise’ takes the listener to a higher plane - a great beyond. This is his greatest work to date.” 

His first eponymously titled album was released in 1998. Here was a rare package: an articulate songwriter with an exceptional melodic sense who understood, instinctively, the art of constructing a pop song. Citing influences as various as European cabaret, west coast funk, and 60’s & 70’s film scores, Blake compiled a collection of songs that uplifted with their melodic hooks as much as they saddened with glimpses into damaged lives of his characters. 

When Perry Blake first appeared on the scene in the late 90's his first two singles 'The Hunchback of San Francisco' and 'Genevieve' songs were chosen as singles of the week on Jo Wiley's BBC Radio 1 show. The eponymous debut album that followed went top 30 in France upon release and he went on to release four critically acclaimed studio albums, gaining him an almost fanatical fan base along the way. 

In his 21 year career Blake has developed a large cult following in Europe and has collaborated with, and written for French artists such as Francoise Hardy and Emilie Simon. He has also toured with former label mate Carla Bruni. 

Perry Blake has written extensively for Film & TV in Europe, released a live album recorded at Cirque Royale in Brussels with full orchestra, had a book of his lyrics printed in Portuguese and also wrote the children's book 'Gatos em Lissadell’. 

“One of music’s great untapped resources” - OHMusic

“Blake sounds like a cross between Bowie and Michael Nyman - only better” - Uncut