|Reaching through the decades to deliver vintage blues-rock seeped in stirring soul and groove-laden funk, Brisbane guitar-slinging songstress Dana Gehrman is making her eagerly-awaited return with a seductive rendition of 1979 Little Feat single ‘Perfect Imperfection’ (out Feb 4).
Since the release of genre-defying debut album ‘Find A Way’ in 2019, Dana Gehrman has enjoyed a busy couple of years, named as a Queensland Music Awards Finalist (2019), a Carol Lloyd Award Finalist (2020) and just recently opening for The Teskey Brothers’ huge Brisbane show.
Now, Dana Gerhman is paying homage to American blues-rock band Little Feat, bringing her unique style, effortless sophistication and smooth vintage charm to nostalgic single ‘Perfect Imperfection’, for a smouldering female perspective able to transcend time.
Counted in by the brushed strokes of refined jazz percussion, the instantaneous seduction of entwined guitar and electric piano melodies are intensified by the distinctive smoky timbres of Dana Gehrman’s luxurious voice. Confident, calm and collected, the track moves with a velveteen grace, joined by the pull of sumptuous bass and humming organ notes, with the old-school rock magnetism of an electric guitar solo taking centre stage. Gehrman’s rich vocals return, commanding in their power as they break through each chorus with a growing intensity, perfectly encapsulating the song’s expectations with their fearless delivery.
Lyrically, ‘Perfect Imperfection’ acts as a reminder to embrace what life and love might throw your way, whilst not becoming entangled in idea of perfection – advice that remains relevant all of these years later, as Gehrman explains:
“Life and love, neither are easy… when something or someone good comes along, be open to the beauty in it and embrace it. It’s a good reminder that nothing is perfect.”
Gehrman continues to explain why she chose to cover this track:
“I can’t remember Little Feat ever not being a part of my life. Their music is ingrained in me and has been incredibly influential throughout my own musical journey. Their music is my happy place. I’m constantly amazed at how many folk aren’t acquainted with them, but it’s one of those “if you know, you know” situations…I don’t think you could improve on Little Feat’s music; this is just my humble interpretation of a song from my favourite Little Feat album, ‘Down On the Farm’”
Dana Gehrman’s previous releases have seen support from Sounds of Oz, theMusic, Scenestr, Around The Sound, Blank Street Press, Tone Deaf, Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, AMRAP, 4ZZZ and more.
Smooth, stylish and sophisticated, Dana Gehrman’s smoking rendition of 1979 Little Feat single ‘Perfect Imperfection’ is out on February 4.