Pearla is Nicole Rodriguez, a Brooklyn-based artist whose personal curiosities include finger puppets, writing songs with children, Virginia Woolf’s prose, and consulting the I Ching.
Her music is a rich blend, rooted in the folk canon of Neil Young or Joni Mitchell, embracing the darker quirks of a Connie Converse, or Bjork, and pulsating with the emotional palpability of an Angel Olsen or Sharon Van Etten. Her debut full-length “Oh Glistening Onion, The Nighttime Is Coming,” is a world unto itself, populated by eccentric creatures and quixotic scenes, with her takes on mortality, intimacy, and personal freeness glowing an air of mystique.
The album has drawn early acclaim from NPR All Songs Considered, Paste Magazine, Remezcla, Under The Radar, Rough Trade, KCRW, Consequence, and Brooklyn Vegan among others, and will be released February 10 on Spacebomb Records. On its heart-stopping centerpiece “Effort,” Rodriguez wails with wistful power atop strings arranged by Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard: I don’t know why it takes so much effort to feel good these days. It’s this submission to mystery, to the inexplicable fluidity of living, that places Pearla at peace within its wild current.