Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the first innocence mission album. Since then, the Lancaster, Pa., band—wife/husband duo Karen and Don Peris (both play multiple instruments and sing) and bassist Mike Bitts—has released nine more LPs. The latest is Sun On The Square (Badman), which also features Peris children Anna (viola) and Drew (violin) on a couple tracks. Karen and Don will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Karen: Recently I rewatched fragments of the BBC Proms concert of the songs of Scott Walker, in particular the ones sung by Susanne Sundfør. This has to be some of the most thrilling singing I have ever heard. Actually, everything about these performances is thrilling—the brilliant and mysterious S.W. songs, the emotional accompaniment of the Proms orchestra and the incredible singing. Together, this makes a music that is like a punch in the stomach in the best possible way. I hope you enjoy these performances of “On Your Own Again” and “The Amorous Humphrey Plugg.”