Pearl and the Beard: “Hot Volcano”
Pearl and the Beard are a quirky folk trio from Brooklyn, New York. Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles craft an unconventional brew of musical stylings: ranging from soulful gospel and prohibition-era ragtime to lilting sea shanties and indie pop . The three blend guitar, cello, and multiple percussion instruments into a platform for their enchanting, and often haunting, three-part harmonies.
With three full length albums to their credit, PATB have garnered good reviews, and several appearances at SXSW. Their affable, off-kilter stage demeanor doesn’t prepare you for the depth of emotion that they wrench from their live performances. The trio’s voices combine with the spiritual fervor of a Baptist choir and ache with the longing of lonely hearts. The sum of their three modest parts combines to create something grand and expansive.
“Hot Volcano” is a look at Pearl and the Beard‘s latest album Killing the Darlings on New York’s Family Records. Listen as the tune shifts between eerie spectral wailing, jazzy grooves and lava-hot explosions of percussion.