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.
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.”
“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.
“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.”
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