Perry Blake

Perry Blake

Irish musician from Sligo
Date of Birth: 10.05.1970
Country: Ireland

Biography of Perry Blake

Perry Blake, born on May 10, 1970, in Sligo, Ireland, is an Irish musician known for his melancholic and melodic sound. From a young age, he was captivated by the music of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Nick Drake, and David Sylvian. As he grew older, he became interested in electronic music and collaborated with other young Irish musicians.

Perry Blake

After trying his hand at different styles, Blake found his niche in downtempo music, characterized by its slow tempo and melancholic sound with melodious vocals. Over the years, he wrote songs that were featured on his debut album, 'Perry Blake,' released in 1998 on the 'Polydor' label. The album quickly gained popularity in the UK and received rave reviews from critics, who recognized Blake's potential as one of the most unique electronic musicians and composers of the late 1990s.

Perry Blake

One of the standout tracks from the album was 'The Hunchback Of San Francisco,' which garnered extensive radio play in the UK. Blake's second album, 'Still Life,' was released in 1999, with the involvement of renowned English composer and musician Steve Jansen. Though the album enjoyed some success, it did not replicate the commercial acclaim of his debut.

Interestingly, Perry Blake often collaborated with well-known musicians on his singles and albums. For example, the producer of his third album, 'California,' was Marco Sabiu, a notable Italian producer and musician. Some members of the indie rock band 'Tindersticks' also contributed to the album's recording.

In the early 2000s, Blake's music made its way to Europe and unexpectedly gained immense popularity in France. One of his songs was included in the soundtrack of the 2000 film 'Presque rien', and four years later, some of his compositions appeared in the movie 'Trois Petites Filles.' Throughout his career, Blake has collaborated with Françoise Hardy and Émilie Simon.

In 2013, Perry Blake shifted his focus to his new project 'ESB' or 'Electro Sensitive Behaviour.' He is currently working on the debut album for this project, although some singles are already available for purchase online. The first song, 'Michael Caine,' was released in August 2013.

Overall, Perry Blake has released six studio albums and one live album, documenting a performance in Brussels.