When Perhacs heard the acetate, she was mortified -- as was Rosenman
. In the final mix, the label had deleted all the highs and lows on the record, trying to create songs that would be friendly to AM radio. Perhacs and Rosenman
had heard Parallelograms as a decidedly FM album.
She went back to her job as a dental hygienist and dropped completely out of site, though she continued to write.
In the mid-'90s, Michael Piper, whose label the Wild Places
reissued obscure psychedelic records, made numerous attempts to contact Perhacs but was unsuccessful. He eventually re-released Parallelograms anyway, making notes in the package about trying to locate her. Contact was eventually made -- she still lived on Topanga Canyon Boulevard and worked as a dental hygienist -- and a deal was arranged for a more official reissue. He used her source tapes, which were sonically superior to the badly mastered Kapp
album, and re-released the recording in 2003 with bonus material. Parallelograms' reputation and its artist's -- especially among younger music fans and musicians -- spread. Since then, the record has undergone numerous re-pressings.
In 2007, Banhart
coaxed her back into the studio to sing on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon album. Her song, "If You Were My Man," appeared in Daft Punk
's film Electroma the same year. In 2010, she gave the first live performance of her career.
In 2012, Perhacs signed to Sufjan Stevens
' Asthmatic Kitty Records
. Between September and April of 2013, she recorded new material. She co-produced sessions with Chris Price and Fernando Perdomo
, and enlisted help from friends Julia Holter
and Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel
) to sing on various tracks. The finished product was released as The Soul of All Natural Things in March of 2014; it was her first new recording in 44 years. Only three years later, Perhacs was back with a third album. She struck a deal with Omnivore Recordings
to release 2017's I'm a Harmony, co-produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco
and the Autumn Defense
in collaboration with Perhacs and Perdomo
. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi