Friday, January 27, 2023

Pearla - "Unglow The"

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

Pearla is just one of those artists that is hard to define. The Brooklyn based artist (real name Nicole Rodriguez) has released a new single, "Unglow The," that might be closest to modern folk or singer/songwriter music, but neither of those sound quite right. It's not that Pearla is making music that's a complete oddball or outlier material. "Unglow The" has a fairly mainstream sound, but it skirts the edges of the mainstream just enough to make it hard to define. If this was the 90's we could jjst slap the "alternative" label on it and be done, but you're just going to have to check this one out for yourself.

Pearla says of the new song:

"'Unglow The' is about mortality, and the absurdity of life on Earth. I wrote it after one of my old friends passed away and I was finding it so impossible to grasp. No matter how many times I experience death, it never feels 'real.' I feel a similar way when I experience anything really grand or beautiful. Some things are just too big to process. I think we're all walking through life in varying degrees of denial of death...anxiety about death. We find ways to comfort ourselves and live in a meaningful way. But we don't know what we don't know! There's a lot of mystery to being alive. I want to stay open to that mystery. That's what this song is about for me."

You can listen to "Unglow The" below. Oh Glistening Onion, the Nighttime is Coming is due out February 10 on Spacebomb Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Pearla, check out the artist's website.

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