Pearla, the music project of 22-year-old Nicole Rodriguez, sounds like your childhood toys trapped in a trunk in the attic — innocent, familiar, whimsical and at the very same time, tragic. Her songs are compact artifacts of profound, human emotions, playful but evocative, contained but complex. No stranger to nostalgia, Rodriguez cites her late grandfather, musician Jeff Pearl, as the source of her honoring moniker.

The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter may capture the past, but her methods are nothing less than inventive. Pearla's dynamic voice delivers stories with a delicate whisper one moment and an unwavering belt the next. While folk builds the bones of her music, Pearla tinkers with stray noises from all edges of the world — Tibetan sheep bells, screaming baboons, lap steels, synths — to relay her hazy, pastel-hued feelings of displacement and wonder. In doing so, she creates a world all her own.

Pearla is currently working with producer Tyler Postiglione (Rektagon, Strange Loops, Mizuna) and mixer/producer Phil Joly (The Strokes, Ryan Adams and Lana Del Rey) on her debut album.


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