Pearl & The Oysters

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Pearl & The Oysters

Prudence, The Ben Varian Approach

Sun. July 22, 2018

8:30 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA


This event is 21 and over

Pearl & The Oysters
Pearl & The Oysters
After winning a free trip to the ★Ostreoid Asteroid Resort★ (from whence came their name) on the back of a dehydrated cereal box, a joyous society of galactic gleaners began making music together under the Neptunian moniker
“Prudence gives the night a sense of blessed completion, rocketing you breathily away on wings of cosmic reverie”
- L.A Weekly

“After the Moon is a psychedelic folk jewel recorded as a live jam at L.A.'s Basic Flowers, a cavernous warehouse in the city‘s core. It hints on progressive rock, psychedelia, pop, world and film music, while it examines all these dimensions like a brief but thrilling spiritual journey through sharp instrumentation and Prudence's fervent and melodious vocal delivery.”
- Destroy//Exist

“There’s something wonderfully consistent about Prudence’s work. She has a really unique way of looking at eras and breathing new light in them... After the Moon is a total delight - every element is patient, contributing to a long form gem that weaves together gorgeously.”
- Eucalypt

““Fair Witness” has an instantly spacey vibe, combined with the spiciness and tension of a song fit for a sexy tango. [Prudence’s] voice is high and wispy but strong and sensual... it leaves longing for more.”
- Impose

“Ultimately this is one of the sweetest, least cynical things I’ve heard for a while. An album that asks, “Hey, are you going to Scarborough Fair? Because I’m sure going and it’d be great if you could make it.”
- The Thousands

“Closing with one of the year’s best songs, Morning, this is a set bursting with originality and talent, and a charismatic singer committed to making her own way.”
- The Music

“take an acid trip back in time with Prudence Rees-Lee. Her song Emmanuelle evokes a time of velvet pea coats and jabot fronted shirts, rhythmic gymnastics and the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack. A debut track backed by mystical harpsichord and a phantasmagorical strings section, with her vocals whispering sweet melodic nothings in your ear.”
- Something you said

“The Renaissance flavoured track features intricate string arrangements accompanied by driving harpsichord. Despite these typical classical features, there are evident psychedelic sensibilities that seep through. The most prominent of which is Rees-Lee’s voice, which although wispy and light, is extremely melodic and suits the song to a tee. Gone are the vocal acrobatics and big-time ballad chops we hear so much today. Instead Rees-Lee treats us with her balanced and unique take on what it means to be a chanteuse.”
- Adam not Eve

Impose- Fair Witness
Live Review – Howler
The Thousands – Court Music From the Planet of Love
Faster Louder – Court Music From the Planet of Love
Mess and Noise – Court Music From the Planet of Love
Sydney Morning Herald – Folk Pop Sprinkled with Genuine Nostalgia
The Music – Court Music From the Planet of Love
Faster Louder – Court Music From the Planet of Love
Review: Emmanuelle
The Age – Love Notes from a Harpsichord
Beat Magazine
The AU Review
New Noise: Prudence Rees-Lee
Artist on Artist Prudence Rees-Lee + Fuchsia
Forthcoming – Court Music From the Planet of Love
Pure Volume - Fair Witness Video
Tone Deaf – Paradise
Sirens of Deacy
No Pants – Guest Mix
The Music – Album Launch
Beat – Prudence Rees-Lee Announces Album Launch
Mess and Noise – Court Music from the Planet of Love
Watch: Prudence Rees-Lee Emmanuelle
The Ben Varian Approach
The Ben Varian Approach
"Another diary-novella chapter of patiently constructed song/mantras which finds Ben yet again trademarkedly ballet-ing 'tween the Chuckle, Cry, and Groove circles near the center light of our life-sized Venn diagram ~ (this intersection zone is called “Ben’s Zone”, the shape of which, called “Ben’s Textile Cone Shape”, similar to a tesseract, is invisible though conceptualize-able. Once outlined for you by The Ben Varian Approach (Ben’s live group and also An Approach), you’ll become suddenly very aware of various formerly secret, mundane, and now fascinating details like the brand name of your toilet, the joy of pumping gas, the secret delight of pickles with peanut butter etc. This album - the Fifth to come out in this format? is titled Quiet Fill. Aptly! - (in all the time I’ve known BV I’ve never seen a demonstration of any titular or musical IN-apt-ities (you should see this drummer bowl!)) - it includes a real sweet cast of auxiliary contributions, all helping to hold up (and down) the wanders, which are this time at times notably more solidified structurally in some deliberate upright Hollywood Nilsson / S. Dan typeaway, drifting into some Miles grooves n bite sized sound painting/doodles punctuated here n there with the soulful rhythmic riff brain dancing home orchestra hits .. stepping in the attitudinally parallel cont’d footsteps of Hosono, pop Eno, David Berman, Carole King, (I put em in my personal list of lyrical masters whether he’d like that or not!) Modest and sidelined, Ben’s always demonstrating the longer-lasting benefits of subtle honest life-as-art living-writing over contrivance or gesture (“when it’s cold I shiver / when it’s hot I sweat / I brace myself and I don’t get wrecked”) - jamming personal moments and epiphanies together paratactically to find the song they make in-between. and like these writers listed Ben’s got a singular all-inclusive self-truth vision that doesn’t seem to have fundamentally changed in any way since he started writing / playing music however long ago and shows absolutely no signs of doing so (reminder to revisit ‘Reassurance Song for Jerry Martini’ from earlier collection Potassium .. where you’ll discover a the original use of a bundle of since revisited lyrical snippets) I’m two degrees from the original saying of this as you’ll see, but a friend said once to me : “ accidental koan response by my friend I ask "how will you change ?" he s
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057