Angela Perley’s been writing tragic love songs rooted in folk, cosmic country and indie rock for over a decade now, and it all started with The Howlin’ Moons, an American rock band from Columbus, Ohio. Perley began making demos in college, dressing them up in brown paper bags (CD sleeves with personalized artwork and a decorative tracklist on the flip-side). Soon enough, Perley’s demos were heard by Fred Blitzer, CEO of Vital Companies, who arranged for Perley to meet and begin working with Columbus-based musicians Chris Connor and Billy Zehnal.
In quick succession, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons found themselves performing at Nelsonville Music Festival alongside acts like The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Randy Newman, Merle Haggard and Gillian Welch. In 2018, Perley and her band performed at an official showcase during Americanafest with Ruby Boots, Ladies Gun Club, Lilly Hiatt and Lucie Silvas at The Basement East in Nashville, TN. Since then she has opened for Lucinda Williams, Patrick Sweany and Tyler Childers, and has shared bills with Angel Olsen, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Courtney Barnett.
All of this has led up to Perley’s forthcoming LP, 4:30 (out Aug. 2), her first solo effort which she co-produced with longtime guitarist and collaborator, Chris Connor. During the final phase of production, she called on Michael Landolt (Maroon 5, O.A.R.) to mix the record and Dave Collins (D’Angelo, Bruce Springsteen) for mastering. Her third full-length record illustrates the songwriter’s knack for deft storytelling, warm vocal layers and disarming melodies that beget personal growth and mobility, surging from raw and far-sighted pathos. Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs) contributes Hammond organ, Wurlitzer and Piano, adding crucial texture to the album, a la Al Kooper (Highway 61 / Blonde on Blonde era). Chris Connor’s guitar parts and song arrangements provide a lush and expansive soundtrack for Perley’s songs with touches of psychedelic delays and smoky tremolos to compliment her sonorous vocals.
Glide is thrilled to premiere the contagious single “Walk With Me” from Perley that combines a blackened riff howl of rock, pop and 90’s alt. Perley offers razor-sharp songwriting chops of Brandi Carlile and Jade Bird’s newfound guitar oriented pop possibilities.
“Walk With Me” is the most experimental track on the record. It came to me when I was messing around with some bar chords and binge-watching Twin Peaks for what seemed like a whole year,” says Perley. “The title is a shout-out to Fire Walk with Me and it’s one of those songs that took on a life of its own and came pretty quick, almost fully formed. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be on the record because I already had 11 songs recorded and “Walk With Me” was so different from everything else, but Chris and I loved the fact that it was the most effortless track in the recording process.”
Photo by Kate Sweeney