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Perfume Tree were originally a group of disc jockeys from Vancouver (Canada) who used to perform live shows at the border between Throbbing Gristle’s industrial music, dub and hip hop. The core of Pete Lutwyche (samples, guitar, beats), Jane Tilley (vocals, guitar) and Bruce Turpin (mix, samples) got together in 1991 and coined the moniker Perfume Tree.

Bell Jar, on the cassette album Dust (Zulu, 1992), and the EP Remote (Zulu, 1993) established their credentials, expanding gradually from a “rockier” song format to a “freer” trance-oriented format that also borrows from hip hop, dub and electronica. The album delivers an ultra-atmospheric pop (sort of Cocteau Twins’ dream-pop stretched into ambient territory like Dead Can Dance could do and adorned with psychedelic overtones a` la Sky Cries Mary).

The Sun’s Running Out (Zulu, 1994) and the EP Fathom The Sky (1995) enhanced the ethereal quality of their music, with cryptic vocals floating over shoegazing wails of guitars, floating dub bass lines, clouds of keyboard effects and hypnotic funky beats.

That style achieved an almost baroque intensity on A Lifetime Away (Zulu, 1995), derivative of Bjork’s quirky pop with a touch of Enya’s atmospheric world-music.


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  • Resthor

    <333 *A*

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • trancemw13

    I can't imagine how many incredible bands like Perfume Tree go undiscovered and unappreciated. (2)

    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • depechedream

    Great discovery for me!

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Akayz7

    neat band

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Medved_Sgorel

    Бездарная и редкостная хуета

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SeveralPeople

    v I think they are discovered and appreciated, just not as much as you'd like them to be. The way I see it: If an artist appreciates his or her own art, then that is true success. Set popularity aside.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • CovinS2

    I can't imagine how many incredible bands like Perfume Tree go undiscovered and unappreciated.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Medved_Sgorel

    It will be pleasant to those who never listened to music

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
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    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DiffusionOfTime

    I will forever have an undying love for them. Perfume Tree has taken me through some of the roughest stuff I have been through so far in life, and the memory attached to each song will never be lost. Ever beautiful, and ever haunting...

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • CovinS


    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • DeeViant1

    I am loving this from the first track. They have a lovely sound. ^^

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Verticis_Puer

    it's hard to get into their sound, but an extra-quality band.

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • SeveralPeople

    dont forget to get their side project Veloce

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • spider3131

    just found this and luving it!!!! takes me back to massive attack / tricky back in my younger days.

    5 Nov 2010 Reply
  • antiqwar

    wow... Excellent find ! space trip ...

    31 Oct 2010 Reply
  • murderror

    a subtle and beautiful awe turned into sound. perfume tree is that. yeah.

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • CovinS

    somehow, i didn't realize how amazing Felt is until this weekend

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • annillusion

    maybe I judged too hurry. Amazing band, very unique

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • annillusion

    I'm hearing "Dust", and unless the other albums were compleatly different, this is for sure NOT trip hop

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
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