Sandro Perri is a musician and producer based in Toronto. He has released a dozen records under several aliases and worked on over a hundred others in various creative and technical roles.
His new solo release, In Another Life, is an experiment in ‘infinite’ songwriting. The title track – a pop mantra for sequenced synth, piano, guitar and voice – suspends itself for nearly 25 minutes, progressing sideways rather than forward. On the flip side, ‘Everybody’s Paris’ is a song-cycle designed to accept any lyrical variation fed into it: a fill-in-the-blanks questionnaire in the form of a song. The record features Perri’s original ‘template’ version plus two mutations by Andre Ethier (The Deadly Snakes) and Dan Bejar (Destroyer) respectively. Released in 2018 on Constellation Records.
Sing Leaf’s David Como never really meant for Shu Ra to be heard by anyone. “Some things only retain their power if you don’t talk about them,” he says – and so even his friends and family knew little of the music he recorded, in an attic space so small he couldn’t stand up in it. Music, for him, had always been an “individual, therapeutic thing.” It wasn’t until Sandro Perri, his friend and fellow musician, discovered Shu Ra in all its mystical, genre-bending glory, that the album got the chance to reach beyond the confines of that cramped attic.
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