Navan, County Meath
'When I saw them, I heard traces of Mazzy Star and Low — if this was dream-pop, it had been weathered through the world-weariness of slowcore....' - Ryan Leas, Stereogum, 1/10/19
'...Delivering soothing and dreamy alt-pop, they turned their setting temporarily into a David Lynch movie... singer Saramai Leech's smoky voice coupled with the band's floaty and delicate keyboard and guitar driven melodies created a dream-like feeling - beautiful but haunting - recalling Angelo Badalamenti's work...' - Hot Press Magazine #HWCH18 review
On early Perlee (Pearly) demos you can always hear the sound of crows roosting for the night. Why? Well, in 2016 Saramai Leech and Cormac O’Keeffe were looking for a place to call home. They settled on an out-of-the-way cottage on a large estate a few miles out from their home town in Meath, Ireland. They made a studio in their kitchen and when they left the door open the peahens and chickens would curiously make their way inside. During these years in the ‘middle of nowhere’ with feathered creatures and tall old trees, Perlee (Pearly) was born. Vocal harmonies, synths, strangely tuned and detuned reverberant guitars abound in a vast yet minimal sound.
They drove to Berlin in the Winter, with a batch of songs and their instruments and records packed into a van. Finding an apartment and a studio in close proximity they hit a purple patch of writing and gigging. The vibrant city and people found it’s way into their sound and performances. Sharing stages with Hilary Woods, Steve Gunn, Half Waif, Conor O’Brien and being selected for the Irish Music Week industry showcase both last year and this year, they played over 50 shows including a showcase at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. This journey led them to acclaimed producer Julie McLarnon (Jeffery Lewis/Lankum/The Vaselines/Bridget Mae Power) with whom they recorded earlier this year.
Double A-Side “Chain of Coral / Feelings of Plenty” marked the first release from Pearly. The songs are intense, emotional and at times euphoric. There are guest appearances on “Chain of Coral” from A.S. Fanning on bass and O’Emperor’s, Brendan Fennessy on drums. “Feelings of Plenty” is captured in a one-take live recording and is minimal in it’s production with one electric guitar and two voices. Feelings of Plenty was mixed by Julie and “Chain of Coral” was mixed by A.S. Fanning in a basement studio in East Berlin which once served as a Stasi HQ, before the wall came down.
‘Charlie’s Song’ comes out February 21st on Greenbay Records. Their EP ‘Slow Creature’ is out March 27th but will be available on Vinyl at live shows from February 28th 2020.