Pearl & the Oysters is the French-American duo of Joachim Polack and Juliette Davis. Using a kitchen sink’s worth of instruments, calling in sympathetic musicians, and showing off a very light melodic sensibility, the band’s first two albums were breezy and delightful space age pop.
The pair met in high school in Paris and bonded over their mutual love for such seemingly unrelated acts as Burt Bacharach, the Pixies, Chico Buarque, or the Zombies. While studying musicology at the Sorbonne and attending jazz school, they began working on a sound that was equally influenced by space age pop of the ’50s (as well as its revival in the ’90s by bands like Stereolab), and the inspired simplicity of Love You-era Beach Boys. They began recording their first album in Paris, but midway through moved to the U.S., partly so Polack could attend the University of Florida where he began studying Brazilian music at a doctoral level. They finished their self-titled debut in Gainesville, FL and released it in September of 2017.
It wasn’t long before they started working on a second album, featuring contributions from a variety of indie musicians, most notably Vulfpeck guitarist Cory Wong, and Alex Brettin of the Mild High Club. The finished album shared a similarly upbeat attitude and breezy pop feel as their debut, but added some fuller arrangements, building on a harmonic vocabulary showing off the band’s growing jazz-pop inclinations.
After a couple of years touring as a four-piece and a semi-confidential live tape meant to capture the band’s analog, toy-synth-driven approach to stage performance (Party!, 2019), the duo relocated to Los Angeles in January 2020. There, Polack was able to complete his doctorate while putting the finishing touches on P&TO’s third studio album, Flowerland, to be released in 2021 via Feeltrip Records.
Angel Abaya’s upcoming record The Bubble is about different orbs we place ourselves in: groups, cities, relationships, our relationship to self, our relationship to the world. It can be isolating, it can be fulfilling, or somewhere in between. Sometimes you wish to pop it. Sometimes you wish to float within it. You can hear these shifts within the playful use of genre, some moments being light and translucent, others being dark and distorted, but it is all held in a vessel that is honest, raw, heartfelt, and at times fearful.
Angel Abaya is a Filipino-American singer, songwriter, and musician based in Los Angeles. She is set to release her debut album The Bubble on May 5 via Earth Libraries. Angel spent much of the last 7 years growing up in the music scene of Boise, Idaho, as well as playing supporting roles in Boise’s culture and arts community working for local organizations such as Treefort Music Fest, LED, and Boise Rock School.
A Boise based musician/singer/songwriter with passionate, heavy lyricism drawing from an emotional past. Athena writes seductive, moody dream pop to make you feel vulnerable and uniquely romantic. Her album ‘Hallucinations’ is set to be released in 2023.