Perry Blake

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Perry Blake (born May 10, 1970) is an Irish singer and songwriter from Sligo, known for the delicate, downtempo, melancholic style of his songs and his soft singing voice.


Blake's 1998 self-titled debut album was very successful in the United Kingdom and won critical praise. His first single, "The Hunchback Of San Francisco", came from this album. His second release, Still Life, contained contributions from Steve Jansen,[1] while his third album, California, was co-produced with Italian composer Marco Sabiu and featured Dickon Hinchliffe of Tindersticks.[2][3]

Blake is very popular in France,[4] where his music was used for the soundtracks of the films Presque rien (2000, for which he also wrote the original music) and Trois Petites Filles (2004).[5]

Blake's musical influences include Leonard Cohen, David Sylvian, Scott Walker, and Nick Drake.[4] He has collaborated with Françoise Hardy and wrote 2 songs for her award winning Tant de belles choses album. He's also worked with French electronic star Émilie Simon.

In March 2015, Blake released under the name ESB {Electro Sensitive Behaviour} an electronic pop album, Modern Love, with longtime collaborators Glenn Garrett and Graham Murphy, whom he has worked with since his first album in 1998.


  • Perry Blake (1998) (Polydor)
  • Still Life (1999) (Naive)
  • California (2002) (Naive)
  • Songs for Someone (2004) (Naive)
  • The Crying Room (2006) (Blu Orchard/Warner France)
  • Modern Love (2015) (Orchard-Lily, iTunes release) as Electro Sensitive Behaviour
  • Broken Statues (Live at Cirque Royal, Nuits Botanique, Brussels on September 29th, 2000) (2001) (Naive)
  • Presque rien (2000) (Naive)


  1. ^ iTunes Perry Blake Biography, retrieved 2011-03-27
  2. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie "California Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-01-22
  3. ^ "Perry Blake - California", RTÉ, retrieved 2010-01-22
  4. ^ a b Hayes, Kelvin "Perry Blake Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-01-22
  5. ^ "Perry Blake to play Dublin concert", RTÉ, 25 November 2004, retrieved 2010-01-22

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