Harvey’s Kitchen: Pearl and the Beard, Vessel

11 Comments 28 Dec, 2009

For the past 2 years monkeywhale and our kind neighbors have thrown a Halloween party.  Nothing fancy.  A couple of gazebos, a keg, strings of lights across the lawn and a few lanterns.  We also project films on the barn that have fallen into the public domain … like, Nosferatu for instance. Creepy and a bit weird.

Sometime in the middle of evening I saw this enormous 2 masted gaff-rigged ship sail across the barn doors.  A few conversations ebbed.

I had spoken with Jeremy a few weeks prior to their arrival and they were kind enough to forward me a couple of songs they were considering performing in our kitchen.  The image of the ship was, in my opinion, just what one of the songs needed.

Also, inspired by Mark Wagoner’s experimentation with a pin-hole adaptor on his video camera, but lacking the necessary equipment I thought perhaps I could come up with an interesting effect by punching a hole into a lens cap.  If nothing else it made for an asymmetrical vignette.

Pearl and the Beard.  Great musicians from Brooklyn and signed to the boutique label, Family Records, won us over with their beautiful music, wit, and love of Indian food.

Keep an eye out as the band returns to the south in March, perhaps as a monkeywhale presents event.

Their second song will appear as a single take.

Praise for Pearl and the Beard:

“Sweet, gentle and scrumptious, the music of Brooklyn trio Pearl and the Beard conjures up lazy summer afternoons at just the time we need that kind of thing most. The group consists of just three souls—Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles—but its sophisticated vocal harmonies and crafty arrangements make a big impression on the combo’s recently issued debut CD, God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson.”

-Time Out New York

“The Brooklyn, NY-based trio Pearl and the Beard are known for infusing a little happiness into their dark and alluring folk songs.”

-John Schaefer, WNYC

Pearl and the Beard play lovely, thoughtful folk ballads that are perfect for cozy, lazy Sundays. Each musician is also an exceptionally talented vocalist, and the rich vocal melodies are carefully arranged around warm harmonies. There is a wide range of mood and emotion captured here, from soothing to brooding, with just a touch of Gothic drama. This is really exceptional songwriting, and the interplay between vocalists reminds me of Dirty Projectors more than any traditional folk act.

-Flagpole Magazine

“The Brooklyn trio… features silky, three-part vocal harmonies, equally alluring and arresting. Blending campfire folk with damaged marching band dirges, this group of NYC folksters has stumbled upon a new, happier breed of freak folk… Behind the group’s charming veneer are moving, honest stories wrapped in gut-churning cello, propelled by melodies that burrow themselves into your brain and call it home.”

-Beyond Race Magazine


Director of Photography/Editor: Harvey K Robinson

Still Photographer:                   Carolyn de Berry

Cello/Vocals:                           Emily Hope Price

Vocals/Melodica:                      Jocelyn Mackenzie

Vocals/Bowed Guitar:               Jeremy Styles



harvey - who has written 186 posts on Monkeywhale Productions
Harvey K. Robinson is the cinematographer, editor, and director at Monkeywhale Productions. Originally from Derby, England he now resides in Greensboro, NC where he began a web series documenting musicians and artists from all over the country. Recipient of the 2009 HearNC "Marks, Stern and Thomas Award," winner of the 2010 48 Hour Film Festival Greensboro, and Betty Cone Medal of the Arts Nominee for 2011, his work has appeared as featured videos on Paste Magazine, E!News, and Aol spinner. Harvey’s commercial work has garnered 2 silver Addy awards in the past 2 years. With a background in Directing at NC School of the Arts and many years spent as a professional actor, Harvey brings a multi-disciplinary approach to each new creative endeavor whether it be a short film, music video, documentary, or commercial.
Your Comments

11 Comments so far

  1. @PandtheB Thanks for your visit. Hope to see you guys soon! Vessel performed in our kitchen.

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  2. HOT video of @pandtheb now up on monkeywhale! #harveyskitchen #brooklynmusic #musicvids #mskrev

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  3. Watching: “Pearl and The Beard – Vessel, it’s amazing check it out (@PandtheB) #MusicMonday”( )

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  4. One of my tracks of the year (I think I posted this before…) “Vessel” by @pandtheb directed by @monkeywhale

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  5. Yo check it people. Harvey’s Kitchen: Pearl and the Beard, Vessel #harveyskitchen

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter



  1. Save The Monkeywhale! New video for “Vessel” « Pearl and the Beard’s BLOG CABIN - December 28, 2009

    [...] 28, 2009 Check out the new video for Vessel, courtesy of Harvey and Carolyn of [...]

  2. Pearl and the Beard: Behind the Scenes - December 28, 2009

    [...] to check them out.

  3. Pearl and the Beard’s BLOG CABIN - March 5, 2010

    [...] 28, 2009 Check out the new video for Vessel, courtesy of Harvey and Carolyn of [...]

  4. 226. Disease « Emily Hope Price: The 365 Project - June 26, 2011

    [...] and the Beard is in Greensboro, North Carolina working with Harvey Robinson/Monkeywhale Productions on his 48 Hour Film. If you’ve never heard of the 48 Film Festival, you can research it here [...]

  5. Getting our groove on #MusicMonday style « Knoxivi blog - December 19, 2011

    [...] makes its 11 O’Clock Rock debut! We’re big fans here at Knox ivi; Brent played their Harvey’s Kitchen video a couple weeks ago, and we’re thrilled to have the band stop by on its way to perform at the [...]

Leave a Reply