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Toronto, Canada (1999 – present)

Sandro Perri is a songwriter and producer living in Toronto, Canada. Originally trained in jazz, and playing primarily guitar, electronics and percussion, he composes, plays and produces music that falls on multiple points across a broad spectrum of styles and genres.

He is best known for his / work under the Polmo Polpo moniker, which combines long-burn drones, submerged rhythms and various instrumental sources (slide guitar, strings, accordion) to make shimmering, pulsing tracks embedded with gorgeous melodic hooks.

Between 1999 and 2002, Sandro released a series of 12”s (by Cog, Dot Wiggin, and Polmo Polpo) on his own Audi Sensa label. These early Polmo Polpo tracks were compiled and re-issued on CD in 2002 by Alien8 Recordings, after which Perri began work on a proper full-length, issued by Constellation in 2003.

In recent years, Perri has been singing original songs either solo (employing kick drum and guitar) or with a rotating cast of improvisers in a project under his own name. A self-released CD-R of such recordings was re-issued by Constellation in 2006, featuring re-interpretations of tracks from his Polmo Polpo oeuvre, marked by vocals and live group playing – and notably, no ‘electronics’. A full-length recording of brilliant new tunes was released on Constellation in the fall of 2007, where one can hear musical influences as diverse as post-tropicalia Caetano Veloso, Vanguard-era Skip James (and his weary falsetto), and the 60s-era axis of hybrid songwriters like Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Harry Nilsson and Fred Neil.


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  • Brett_J_Nelson

    Neat full-set footage of Sandro performing as Polmo Polpo for the 2008 New Harbours Concert series:

    28 Feb 6:46pm Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    'Rottura' - probably the best ambient-dub-techno piece that I've ever listened. The keys and notes just weep. Kudos.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    holy fuck science of breath had some of the str8 up finest dub techno this side of forever. sandro needs to get back on that. oarca, riva, rottura, acqua... mother of jesus they're goddamn perfect.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • aldrignedigen

    are all canadian post-rock bands similar to GY!BE? Same ol' boring noise, no music at all, pffff

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • shakedatthang

    Am I the only one that thinks that octopus is shaking all his fists at someone? Like he's riding his bike in traffic and barely avoided getting hit by a hummer? "WATCH WHERE YOU'RE DRIVING ASSHOLE!!"

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • flavor_country

    really hope sandro perri does another album under this name. impossible spaces was def worthwhile and interesting, but like hearts swelling is one of my favorite records ever. there's just nothing else quite like it. i couldn't even pin a genre to it. wikipedia tells me that it's dark ambient/ambient techno, which, i mean, i guess.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Rottura is extraordinary.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • k1mm0

    rottura ftw [2]

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • sisterdisco

    first listen to like hearts swelling in at least a year: holy shit, astounded all over again.

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • oo3i

    Well well...

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • theStarry

    The Science of Breath is just astounding (as is Like Hearts Swelling), Riva is a perfect track.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
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    12 May 2010 Reply
  • Mr-Usuario

    Marry me you mutherfucker!

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • spiderland77


    21 Oct 2009 Reply
  • apropriadamente


    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • romanbl4

    Да уж, очень крут, ничего не скажу.

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • nonmiva

    oh, it's fantastic

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • feeding

    I'm really happy to "find out" his music, thanks to the recommendation radio. Sky Histoire is an amazing piece.

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • marvelmonkey


    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • cetaphil

    i love this music by this guy

    1 Sep 2008 Reply
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