PEARL AND THE OYSTERS: CANNED MUSIC
Canned Music is the kind of album in which it's difficult to think of other works or artists to compare it to, given how well meshed its overlapping influences are. The full-length is the sophomore album of Pearl & The Oysters, the Florida-based music project of Juliette Pearl Davis and Joachim Polack. Davis sings and plays trumpet while Polack is a one man rhythm section and contributes backing vocals and fx as well.
Compared to their self-titled, released in 2017, this album’s sound is much more streamlined. All the tracks have a base sound of being electronic bedroom pop, and then there are tracks that layer one or two stylistic choices from other genres on top. The result is a cohesive album that still keeps the listener on their toes.
What's beautiful about Davis and Polack’s arrangements are how the use of horn on top of synth, keys, and a steady rhythm section creates a very full and textured sound that surrounds the listener, pulling them into a retro video game sounding world.
Some highlight songs are “Randi,” which captures that dreamy electronic pop energy perfectly, and “I fantasmi di Pompei,” a psychedelic surf rock song that sticks to the electronic elements but sounds less video game and more horror movie.
How Pearl & The Oysters balance electronic pop and surf rock in most of their songs is a compelling feat. This album communicates the band’s developing journey of reimagining what genres can be and don’t have to be.