‘We’re more than happy to call it: Perlee are one of the most exciting Irish acts we’ve heard in some time.‘ – Brian Coney, The Thin Air
On early Perlee demos you can hear the sound of crows roosting for the night. Well, a few years back Saramai Leech and Cormac O’Keeffe were looking for a place to set up shop. They settled on an out-of-the-way cottage on a large estate a few miles out from their home town in Meath, Ireland. They made a studio in their kitchen and when they left the door open the peahens and chickens would curiously make their way inside. During these years in the ‘middle of nowhere’ with feathered creatures and tall old trees, Perlee was born. Vocal harmonies, synths, strangely tuned and detuned reverberant guitars abound in a vast yet minimal sound.
They drove to Berlin in the Winter, with a batch of songs and their instruments and records packed into a van. Finding an apartment and a studio in close proximity they hit a purple patch of writing and gigging. The vibrant city and people found its way into their sound and performances. Sharing stages with Hilary Woods, Steve Gunn, Half Waif, Conor O’Brien and being selected for the Irish Music Week industry showcase for two years running, they played over 50 shows including a showcase at the Irish Embassy in Berlin and at C/O Pop Cologne.
Perlee released two EPs ‘Slow Creature’ and ‘Half Seen Figure’ in 2020 to great critical response, sold out shows in their hometowns of Navan and Berlin, significant playlisting and notable radio play across college radio in the US and Canada, national and local play in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, Wales, England and their native Ireland. They are currently working on their debut LP.