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An Interview with Pearl Poet

If you aren't too familiar with the soundscapes brought on by Pearl Poet then let us be among the first to introduce you as the project recently released a spanking new single called "At The End of The World" which takes you for quite a ride through layers of dance and pop polyphony and once you are brought into the sonic tonalities that this song offers, you don't want it to end.

The song has a basis and foundation and electronica but is put together with care it feeds into classic pop grooves and balances a wondrous glow with a steady drive.

This is a fun release and in certain ways speaks volumes for the band. After I listened to this track, I took it upon myself to check out more and did exactly that on their Spotify page or I found an amazing array of songs and EPs including one from 2022 called Dream Lizards that I loved in particular.

This new single has ways that let them take a step forward musically and listening to the evolution of when they started to now, I feel like it's certainly a step in the right direction.

This is the type of group that you know is in their zone when they're recording in their studio, probably hidden away in their own world free to do what they please.

I can only imagine how much fun it must have been to record this track and so many of their other releases.

The group is actually made up of two people that are probably long-time friends and know exactly how to complement each other musically which is why this project works so darn well.

We enjoyed this lively pop single so much that we wanted to interview Pearl Poet so they could give us some insight on the track in their own words.

Buzz Slayers: Thank you for taking your time with us today! I'd love to start with this song because it was so enjoyable for me to listen to! The title is "At The End of The World" so what does that mean exactly and why was this song written?

It means exactly what it sounds like. It’s a love story told from the perspective of a man living in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic America.

Buzz Slayers: The song seems like it's packed full of instruments all giving it added sounds! Are you a duo? If so, do you both play multiple instruments?

Yes, we are a duo and we both play multiple instruments.

Buzz Slayers: Do you perform live shows or go on tour with this material?

We have toured extensively together in other bands when we were younger. As far as Pearl Poet live shows we are in the process of planning a Florida, USA tour and a mini-European tour. 

Buzz Slayers: What is your favorite thing about doing what you do?

Tracking the instrumentals and writing lyrics.

Buzz Slayers: Who are some of your favorite bands to listen to at the moment?

I’m real into Empire Of The Sun’s new material at the moment. I also really like Justice’s new record. 

Buzz Slayers: Did this all begin by picking up an instrument?

For me it all began by hearing albums like The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”, The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour”, and “Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”. I became creatively and spiritually inspired by this type of music and soon after I bought a used upright piano and began teaching myself how to play and write songs.

Buzz Slayers: Did you guys come from musical families?

I did. My dad is a legendary bass player in the Southeast. 

Buzz Slayers: How long does it take you to complete a track like this one and do you do that at a home built studio?

It takes about three weeks to make a song like this one. Yes, I have a studio inside my home where we do the initial tracking, but then we send our stems off to our mixing/mastering engineer and co-producer in Atlanta.

Buzz Slayers: Are you going to be releasing something more within the rest of this year?

Yes. We have another new single dropping on June 28 followed by a third in August, and hopefully, our debut LP will be complete by summer’s end!

Buzz Slayers: What is it you want to say to the listeners?

Cherish the people you love. Enjoy life’s little details, savor the rare slices of pleasure and success, but seek God and truth no matter how much it changes you and or makes you unpopular. 

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