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Dental technician and part-time singer-songwriter Linda Perhacs was signed in 1970 by film composer Leonard Rosenman, after he popped in for a routine polish. The result was 'Parallelograms', a wildly beautiful, deeply trippy take on Joni Mitchell-esque folk, given a hallucinatory twist by Perhacs's synaesthesia – a condition which allowed her to experience shapes and colours as music.
Now considered a classic, 'Parallelograms' wa a flop at the time, and and Perhacs had to go back to scraping plaque. It was only three decades later that fans began to connect with the record, including new heroes of the quirk-folk scene like Devendra Banhart and Julia Holter who sought out collaborations with Perhacs. Now the 63-year-old has a new album out, 'The Soul of All Natural Things', and she's back on tour, performing in London tonight after playing her first UK gig in 30 years last December.