Release Date 09/30/2022
(FRIENDS OF FRIENDS)
Art urges journeys, but always leads us home. Few artists have embodied this more than Sasha Perera’s moniker Perera Elsewhere. Journeys have punctuated Perera Elsewhere’s career, taking her from London’s vibrant club scene to Berlin’s bass experimentalist underground. All of which developed her shapeshifting approach to music.
Her use of technology to create and to experiment with her voice, lyrics, percussive beats, deep bass frequencies and sound design to explore the human experience, all led to the ‘Doom-Folk’ coined sound of the Perera Elsewhere project, where she found a home on LA label Friends of Friends, releasing two widely-acclaimed albums.
Elsewhere, but always rooted. No matter where Perera has found herself musically– from live shows & DJ sets at institutions such as Berghain, the Guggenheim, the Hamburg Philharmonic, Mutek Festival, or music licensed for Ava Du Vernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ or by Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino – she has constructed a creative habitat and welcomed others to it. A true multi-hyphenate, Perera’s open and autodidact technique is also highlighted by a long list of collaborations, composing music for moving image, art installations & dance. She has recently even been sought after by German icon Nina Hagen to produce songs for her upcoming album.
Naturally, Perera’s work has led to invitations by renowned companies and cultural institutions such as Ableton, Native Instruments or the award-winning Errrormusic in Berlin to share her creative knowledge with studio sessions, workshops, teaching, and mentoring. She’s also worked with the British Council as well as Goethe Institute as an artist and co-curator on music projects and tech education initiatives across Asia and Africa. She is clearly at home in many places.
Inspired by the many things that transpired between 2019-2022 -highlighted by the pandemic-, Home is a juxtaposition on the idea of ‘Elsewhere’ and reflections on leaving/coming/staying home. The album is a musical coming of age and apotheosis of all her previous work. “I am somehow a little less shrouded in doom on this record, maybe more free with myself as a person, a producer & musician,” she explains, “This record resonates that freedom sonically, lyrically and visually.”
We hear more versions of Perera Elsewhere than ever before. “HOME is like having different music playing in each room of your house at once and still being chill with that.” ‘HOME’ is the wish & right to unify all those elements in one cohesive work.
“I am many, within one body and one life…. with remnants of our ancestors within us, we all somehow navigate through the Now……” - Perera Elsewhere