Bret was always entertained by the extremes of his lyrical content - his songwriter was always very serious and introspective, or completely ridiculous. A desire to find a soundscape where these two extremes could live side-by-side, combined with a love for late '70s punk and new wave, gave birth to Perlin Noise.
In late 2017, Bret began performing and recording original songs as Perlin Noise. In October 2018 Perlin Noise released the 6-track Nobody Watches Me EP. In November 2018, Perlin Noise collaborated with Bonsai Lightning, a college friend of Bret, on Strangers an original song, and Sorrow, a cover of The National. In early 2019, Perlin Noise began performing with Bret's cousin, Tom Lessig, on lead guitar.