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Linda Perhacs

Linda Perhacs is a California-based singer/songwriter whose first -- and for decades, only -- album, Parallelograms, is regarded as a psych-folk masterpiece, highly influential among songwriters including Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and many others.

Perhacs was a purposeful but very private songwriter living on Topanga Canyon Boulevard and working as a dental hygienist when Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer Leonard Rosenman (Rebel Without a Cause and Barry Lyndon) walked into her office for an appointment. After ten more, he inquired about what she did with her spare time. She revealed only then that she was a songwriter. He asked to hear what she wrote, and was impressed when he did. He arranged a record deal for her with Kapp, a Universal subsidiary, hired the players (including drummer Shelly Manne), and produced the recording sessions that resulted in Parallelograms.

When Perhacs heard the acetate, she was mortified -- as was Rosenman. In the final mix, the label had deleted all the highs and lows on the record, trying to create songs that would be friendly to AM radio. Perhacs and Rosenman had heard Parallelograms as a decidedly FM album.

She went back to her job as a dental hygienist and dropped completely out of site, though she continued to write.

In the mid-'90s, Michael Piper, whose label The Wild Places reissued obscure psychedelic records, made numerous attempts to contact Perhacs but was unsuccessful. He eventually re-released Parallelograms anyway, making notes in the package about trying to locate her. Contact was eventually made -- she still lived in Topanga Canyon Boulevard and worked as a dental hygienist -- and a deal was arranged for a more official reissue. He used her source tapes which were sonically superior to the badly mastered Kapp album, and re-released the recording in 2003 with bonus material. Parallelograms' reputation and its artist's -- especially among younger music fans and musicians -- spread. Since then, the record has undergone numerous re-pressings.

In 2007, Banhart coaxed her back into the studio to sing on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon album. Her song, "If You Were My Man," appeared in Daft Punk's film, Electroma the same year. In 2010, she gave the first live performance of her career.

In 2012, Perhacs signed to Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty Records. Between September and April of 2013, she recorded new material. She co-produced sessions with Chris Price and Fernando Perdomo, and enlisted help from friends Julia Holter and Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel) to sing on various tracks. The finished product was released as The Soul of All Natural Things in March of 2014; it was the first new recording of her music in 44 years. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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jessica.gant o s 0 9
pretty sure she's a dentist now
yes
This is Linda Perhacs.-Pan d o r a has done an excellent job of showing ALL music! I am making new music now, follow me on my new website, www.timeless l i n d a p e r h a c s . c o m Official downloads, merch and more! Thank you for your support! Love to all!
Glad to read the updates below because the bio makes it sound as if she vanished from the face of the Earth and no one knows anything about what happened to her!
pammybbrown
Linda has definitely not disappeared! Her musical expressions are deep, meaningful and soulful. Her music is an art and is reflective of her ever evolving self - genuinely sweet, awesomely talented, amazingly intuitive, sensitive, mysterious, ethereal and timeless. She is light and love. She is a subtle force that is making our world a better place. She is still creating new and beautiful music. See what she's up to these days. Check her out at www.lindaper h a c s . c o m
roipolloi
Linda currently lives in Los Angeles per her facebook page, where she looks very well.
csandmann4
Fascinating. Came up on Pandora when I was doing something else and I had to pull it up because she sounded so Joni but not.
Her voice is heard within the darkest depth of ones soul that is carried around in our daily journey through life.
Very haunting,yet clear voice. What a shame she didn't do more..
That voice conjures up a lot of images. Too bad she disappeared.
justmethinkn
Linda Perhacs, if you are out there, please -- come sing another song to us.
baynol
After hearing one song, this girl has a much better voice than Joni Mitchell.I want to hear more!
For more information, see her official web site...

http://www.l i n d a p e r h a c s . c o m /

...and this press release in particular.. .

http://www.l i n d a p e r h a c s . c o m / p a g e s / p r e s s . h t m l

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