When asked about her own recurring nightmares, Perry goes straight for the tsunami. She stands on top of a building facing a huge wave and wakes up before it hits her. My own, I suggest, is similar to the fans’: a rock monster that never dies, just keeps gathering rocks on its body and grows to terrifying proportions. As she steers the conversation to this side of fantasy imagination, we wonder if the recurring nightmares are a glimpse into the multiverse. “Yeah, I have that fear,” Perry wonders aloud, “I hope the multiverse isn’t true, because I think about it – am I doing the best of everyone Sarah?”
By most accounts, Perry seems to be doing pretty well. Along with Jamie Bulled and Gus Lobban, Perry completes the trio Kero Kero Bonito (KKB), which has repeatedly released ambitious concept pop albums. Although they’ve evolved their style since their 2014 mixtape, beautiful introall backed by delightfully catchy choruses and Perry’s distinctively sweet voice rapping in English and Japanese.
Her debut Icarus The EP is the culmination of Perry’s longtime obsession with the titular Greek myth, along with a particularly dark period she experienced in 2019. Recalling her early years growing up in Hokkaido, Japan, she reflects on the school songbook where the class would took it alternately to choose which tune to sing. “When it was my turn, I always chose the Icarus song,” she admits. Now 31, she admits she interprets history very differently than most. “When you hear about Icarus, it’s usually used as a cautionary tale: don’t fly too close to the sun or you might fall and drown. But this song was celebrating the courage of Icarus, a story about celebrating someone who risked everything.”