A2 HOLD TITE
A3 WHO I AM
A5 LIKE THIS
B4 TRAVEL LITE
B5 DER WURM 2
B6 TRANSLATE OPTIMISER
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 DuVernay’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.
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.”
“I wanted to create a creative (safe) space for myself and this record represents that.” she says. For some, home is a place you leave, for others a place you arrive; Perera Elsewhere captures this complex simplicity, as a very natural part of her musical journey.
‘ 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
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