Linda Perhacs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Linda Perhacs
Linda Perhacs 06 B&W.jpg
Linda Perhacs in 2014
Background information
Genres Psychedelic folk, folk pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, dental hygienist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969-1970, 2012–present
Labels Kapp Records, Asthmatic Kitty Records
Associated acts Devendra Banhart, Julia Holter, Nite Jewel, Mark Prichard

Linda Perhacs is an American psychedelic folk singer, who released her first album, Parallelograms, in 1970 to scant notice or sales.[1] The album was rediscovered by record enthusiasts and reissued numerous times beginning in 1998, growing in popularity with the rise of the New Weird America movement and the Internet.


In the late 1960s, Perhacs was working as a dental hygienist in Beverly Hills, California, and writing her own songs in her spare time. One of her dental clients, Oscar-winning film composer Leonard Rosenman, was impressed by one of her demos and brought her into a studio during 1969-1970, producing Parallelograms.[2] When the album failed to make an impression, she returned to her dental career.

Michael Piper of folk label the Wild Places, who had first reissued the album in 1998 sourced from the LP, located and contacted Perhacs in 2000, leading to expanded reissues of Parallelograms on CD and vinyl in 2003, sourced from tapes in Perhacs' personal collection. It was reissued again by Sunbeam Records in 2008, by both Mexican Summer and Sundazed Records in 2010, and by Anthology Recordings in 2014.[3]

Following her rediscovery and the reissues, Perhacs returned to recording. In December 2013, Asthmatic Kitty Records announced the March 4, 2014 release of Perhacs' second album, The Soul of All Natural Things. The album was recorded in 2012 and 2013 with co-producers Chris Price and Fernando Perdomo. Other collaborators on the album included Julia Holter and Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel.[4]

Her songs have been prominently sampled, including "Chimacum Rain" (by Prefuse 73 for the track "Rain Edit (Interlude)" from the 2005 album Surrounded by Silence, and by Jadakiss for his song "Rain", released on his 2015 "Top 5 Dead or Alive" album) and "Hey, Who Really Cares" (by UK rap artist Lowkey in his song "Who Really Cares", from his 2009 compilation album Uncensored). In 2007, her song "If You Were My Man" was featured on the soundtrack for the film Daft Punk's Electroma.

Perhacs has made several guest appearances on other recordings. She sang backing vocals on "Freely" from Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007), and sang on and cowrote the song "You Wash My Soul" on Mark Prichard's album "Under the Sun" (2016).

In March 2016, Perhacs released a new single, "The Dancer", as a preview for her third album, which is being produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco and Fernando Perdomo.[5]

In May 2016, her song "River of God" (from The Soul of All Natural Things) was selected by Land's End for use in a commercial for their Lands' End Canvas line.[6][7]


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Children" promo CD single (2014, Asthmatic Kitty Records)
  • "The Dancer" digital single (2016, self-released)


External links[edit]