THE NEW ALBUM
It all started really well as the album’s working title was “The Wonderful Album”… And it all ends well too, since the finished album is called “Wonderful”!
Preceded by the upbeat pop-folk song “Carry on”, which had everyone humming along with the radio, Perry Rose’s latest album has just been released!
The album was produced in collaboration with Didier Dessers, mixed at Attic Studio, Brussels, and masterized at Abbey Road Studio, London.
Needless to say « Wonderful » epitomizes Perry’s positive and playful spirit.
During the ten years that followed the release of “Hocus Pocus”, his previous studio album, Perry took the time to write and polish his work in order to keep only the best songs.
During these ten years, Perry embarked on various activities like releasing the live album “Happy Live” in 2004 (followed by a tour), taking part in a variety of musical projects as well as many children’s shows (Les Déménageurs, etc.), composing music for films and advertising, etc. And last but not least, a two-year solo tour which enabled Perry to bring his latest songs up to scratch.
Let’s hear Perry’s comments about the songs on his new album:
“The idea behind “Wonderful” was to go back to something more “pop” and “radio-friendly”, keeping the organic factor alive.
I loved working with Didier. He is extremely talented and has the ability to make machines sound alive! With Didier, almost everything becomes possible. He can magically create a string quartet, a brass band, make percussions with kitchen tools and potato crates, play the banjo, etc.
With this collaboration, I really wished to broaden the musical spectrum. I believe we did it, especially in pieces like “Dreams”, “Lines”, “Answers” and “the Magic Lane”.
Also, I wanted to keep an intimate atmosphere on songs like “The One” - featuring Didier’s beautiful strings -, “Eden”, “River” and “New Dawns”. These pieces gave me an opportunity to explore more purity and depth.
I am happy to hear that some listeners say they recognize Perry Rose’s signature in songs like “Carry On”, “A Beautiful Place”, “She Wants”, and “Your Company”.
My Irish roots still have a subtle influence on my work. I do not deny that; they are always there but in the background.
FROM THE BEGINING...
* February 1991, release of the first 6-track album, "Because of You". The single "Green Bus" receives an incredible response from the radios in Belgium, Holland and Switzerland - for over six months!
* February 1992, The second album "All Seasons" appears on the J'M2 label, distributed by Sony. Re-released, the single "Green Bus" meets with new enthusiasm. Since then, the singles "Why Should I Worry", "Winter Baby", "So Sorry", "Gospel Truth" and "The Best" have become favourites for his audience.
* September 1994, his third album, "The Bright Ring of the Day", is produced and recorded in England by Kevin Jamieson and Nick Hannan, with a host of guests that include Sundays' drummer, Aztec Camera's bassist and Peter Gabriel's cellist. The many references to his Irish roots, combined with an original choice of instruments and sounds, appeal to both the press and the public. Released in many European countries and in Asia (South Korea and Hong Kong). "Round and Round" becomes a classic for the audience.
* Late 1996, "Green Bus" is released, featuring 10 singles that marked his career, six tracks of the mini-album "Because of You" (now a collectors' item) and eight new tracks.
* March 1998, "The Triumphant March of the Lonesome Goldfish", his most mature album so far, is released with a brand new band, The High Wires. The new single is "Lords and Thieves".
* April 1999, "Celtic Circus", released by the Breton label L'Oz Production, is a compilation of the most "Irish" songs, including the previously unreleased "Celtic Circus".
* At the end of 2001 Perry recorded his new album “Hocus Pocus” in Belgium, Brittany and Ireland. He made the album with Irish producers Graham Murphy and Chris O'Brien. It came out mid April 2002 in France, Switzerland and Belgium, on the L’Oz Production label.
* In April 2002 Hocus Pocus is released in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Holland. Several songs were recorded in Brussels then mixed in Dublin by Irish production duo Chris O'Brien and Graham Murphy (among their credits are Dove, Clannad, Donna Lewis, Human League, Trevor Horn, Aslan, Perry Blake, Maire Brennan, Picturehouse, Ronan Hardiman and Lord Of The Dance). Among the album’s many noteworthy features are guest spots by pianist Didier Squiban and Uileann piper Ronan le Bars (known for his work with l’Héritage des Celtes and Dan Ar Braz).
* Two years on, Perry records his first live album Happy live before an enthusiastic public at the venerable Brussels venue l’Ancienne Belgique. Along with a DVD of clips, concert snaps and photo gallery, the album features Perry’s biggest hits, plus a new title: The Butterfly Song (Next to Me).
* In 2004, several of Perry’s songs (most of them previously unreleased) appear on various outside productions : ‘Fly’ for Didier Laloy / S-TRES, ‘Stop de pain’ for Amnesty International, several traditional Irish tunes in the company of Trio Trad for their compilation ‘Le Monde est un village’ and a reworked version of ‘Glasgow’ for the CD ‘Eveil aux langues’.
* Over 2005 Perry is composing and recording his next album, as well as setting up the Déménageurs’ new show ‘Le grand carton’.