Following last year’s release of her debut self-titled EP via Burger Records that introduced the native Angeleno’s brand of effortless cool, Pearl Charles is back today to announce two Record Store Day releases. The first of those releases is the inclusion of her song “Phases” as part of the Alcopop! curated UK label compilation and the second of which is the physical release of her self-titled EP (previously only available on cassette and digital on Burger Records) via Kanine Records, which will include three bonus tracks.
In conjunction with the announcement, Pearl Charles is sharing a new video for “Phases”. The visual is directed by Davis Ayer who worked on the piece in collaboration with artist Evan Hawkins and depicts Charles strumming her guitar against a background of sea and moody spotlights, serene and ethereal. It also comes in advance of the string of shows throughout California that Pearl will be playing starting next week.
At the young age of 23, Pearl Charles already has deep roots in the Los Angeles music community. An LA Native, Pearl embodied California rock and roll cool even before she took her natural position as a figure in the local music scene (and beyond). Pearl started logging miles on the road with her first band, oldtimey Americana duo The Driftwood Singers, at age 18, followed by a lengthy stint drumming and singing in garage-pop band The Blank Tapes. The Blank Tapes toured extensively and earned accolades from Rolling Stone and The New Yorker for their sunny lo-fi surf rock.
Along the way, Pearl collaborated with artists such as Jonathan Wilson, Stephen McBean (Black Mountain), Farmer Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks) and Johnathan Rice, as well as toured extensively internationally, supporting diverse artists such as Father John Misty, Matt Costa, Thee Oh Sees, Kim Deal, The Growlers, Allah Las and Mystic Braves. Despite all of this, she managed to find time to earn a BFA in Music from CalArts.
Embarking on a solo career in 2015, Pearl is set to solidify her own name and place by releasing a 6 song debut EP on Burger Records this summer. Pearl recorded her self-titled EP track by track with a select group of producers and a little help from her friends, many of whom are notable LA musicians in their own right, including Joel Jerome (La Sera, Cherry Glazerr) and Taylor Locke (Rooney). Though she draws inspiration from the legendary scenes of the 60’s and 70’s, from Laurel Canyon to The Factory, from Haight-Ashbury to Muscle Shoals, she also counts contemporary artists such as Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Sharon Van Etten and Jenny Lewis as influences. Pearl Charles writes and sings songs with a distinctly unique voice, creating a sound that is both timeless yet undeniably here, now.
Check out the video “Phases” and see below for more on Pearl Charles and upcoming tour dates.
April 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Standard Hotel
April 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
April 28 – San Diego, CA @ Pour House
May 21 – Palms, CA @ Deserted, The Palms Festival
June 11 – Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Festival
June 19 – Topanga, CA @ KCSN, The Village