Described as three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul, (lets add one sweater to the list), Pearl and the Beard is a three-piece folk act from New York City. Their latest album, Killing the Darlings, is a showcase of simple melodies which remain deep and moving alongside rich, fascinating harmonies. Their graceful songwriting is yours to behold in our exclusive download of the album track The Lament of Coronado Brown.
Opening with the lonesome and low pluck of Emily Hope Prices cello, the somber song is patient and sweet. Its build doesnt reach an apex till nearly two-thirds of the way in, but the sweet and elegant vocals, the honest and open musicality, are gripping even in their bareness. While guitarist Jeremy Styles told NPR Music he sees the song as the tale of a person [who] has just traversed across land and sea in order to find his/her lovers bones, dig them up, and place them somewhere properly before meeting a tragic end, download the track for yourself below and make your own interpretation.
One person who has already made his interpretation is video director Micah Van Hove. His video for The Lament of Coronado Brown can be seen below. Keep a close eye on the cello for one heck of a neat shutter trick.
Killing the Darlings is available now on CD, digital download, and pink vinyl from The Family Records.