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Perfume Tree


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Ethereal and ambient pre-ectronica alternative pop

Status:

Final studio release, feeler (1998). Band has morphed into Veloce.

See also:

Wikipedia's entry on Perfume Tree

Perfume Tree's Myspace page

Comparisons:

A heavier-on-the-guitar Cocteau Twins

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

The are a *great* crunchy, dreamy, swirly ethereal band. They're obscure and deserve to be far better known, even to ectophiles. (Neile)

good stuff here, folks: dub gothic? tribal rock? i dunno how to describe it exactly, but if you like highly rhythmic, shadowy, dark music, this is for you. (woj@smoe.org)

Comments about live performance:

Heard them live for the first time a few weeks ago and they're great live, too (but they need a real drumset). (1995, Neile)

Recommended first album:

Hard call. Probably Roots, the compilation, would be a good place to start. I personally would recommend a lifetime away, dust, or the suns running out. (Neile)

Recordings:


dust

Release info:

1992—Zulu Records, 1869 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1M4—Zulu 6-2

Availability:

Unknown, probably only available used

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Group members:

Adam—bass, sampler
Jane—vocals, guitar, tapes
Peter—guitar, programming
Jim—bass, vocals, magnus, program

Produced by:

Perfume Tree and Pat Carroll

Comments:

A dreamy introduction to their music. Beautiful, swirling, atmospheric, yet edgy. (Neile)

The recording is kind of muted, but this is still one of my favorite of their discs. (jmgurley@drizzle.com)


remote ep

Release info:

1993—Zulu Records, 1869 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1M4—Zulu 5-2

Availability:

Out of print

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Produced by:

Perfume Tree

Comments:

Believe it or not, I usually am not a big fan of remixes, but all in all this is my favourite release from Perfume Tree. Why? Because the remixes here are so beautiful. (Neile)

the suns running out

Release info:

1994—Zulu Records, 1869 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1M4—Zulu 11-2

Availability:

Unknown, probably only available used

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Group members:

Adam, Pete, Jane—bass, beats, guitars, mini moog, ace tone, loops, voice, tapes, harmonica, found objects

Guest artists:

Justin Leigh—drum loop on 1 track

Produced by:

Perfume Tree

Comments:

If Cocteau Twins were more crunchy and swirly and less in the head and a little more northwest coast, they'd be Perfume Tree. (Neile)

fathom the sky ep

Release info:

1995—Zulu Records, 1869 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1M4—Zulu 6-2

Availability:

Unknown, probably only available used

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Group members:

Perfume Tree

Guest artists:

Pat Carroll—arp synth on 1 track
Calncy Dennegy—main drum loop on 1 track

Produced by:

Perfume Tree

Comments:

Another delightful Perfume Tree release. (Neile)

a lifetime away

Release info:

1995—Zulu Records, 1869 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1M4—Zulu 16-2; 1996—World Domination Records, U.S.—WD 0034-2

Availability:

Unknown, probably only available used

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Group members:

Jane—voice, guitar
Pete—beats, keyboards, guitar
Mel—bass
Bruce—live mix, management

Guest artists:

Pat Carroll-synthesizer on 1 track

Produced by:

Perfume Tree

Comments:

Dreamy, a little in the Cocteau Twins vein but also heavy on the guitar, Perfume Tree is always a delight. I love the great vocals, even if I can't make out the words. (Neile)

Very ambient, techno, ethereal female vocals, but a little monotonous. (jjhanson@att.net)


tide's out ep

Release info:

1997—World Domination Music Group, PO Box 8097, Universal City Station, N. Hollywood, CA 91618-8097, U.S.A.—WDM 10057-2

Availability:

Unknown, probably only available used

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Group members:

Bruce, Jane, Pete

Guest artists:

Ruth Jones—djembe on 1 track

Produced by:

P. Lutwyche and J. Tilley

Comments:

tide's out is vintage perfume tree—dreamy, hypnotic, rhythmic—but there seems to be a bit more of a hip-hop feeling to this one than the others. not unlike a darker (big hat). (woj@smoe.org)

More of Perfume Tree's noisy, ethereal rock. There are great moments in this, but I found it a little less consistently interesting than some of their previous recordings, especially A Lifetime Away. Still, if you like their sound, you will like this. (Neile)


feeler

Release info:

1998—World Domination Music Group—WDM 10074-2

Availability:

Unknown, probably only available used

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Comments:

Luscious, yummy, hypnotic! (afries@zip.com.au)

Still dreamy, trancey, crunchy, but I've enjoyed previous albums way more than this one, which doesn't have as much affect on me as the earlier work. I think maybe it's just the accumulation of too many similar albums from them for me, and I've liked their songwriting better on previous albums. I keep forgetting this one even exists. (Neile)


Roots

Release info:

2000—self-release—CDR

Availability:

Through The Perfume Tree site only

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of ethereal alternative pop

Comments:

A compilation of their favourites of their songs.

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