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27 July 2011

Free Download from folk harmonizers Pearl and the Beard

By Nancy Woo

If you like artists like Arcade Fire, Beirut and Fleet Foxes, you need to listen to this track "Sweetness" by sensational coal-country dance-folk trio Pearl and the Beard. The masterful composition of this song makes it a real gem, using background clapping, rolling drums, low wails and a foreboding cello to flesh out the fast-moving melodies and beautiful harmonizing. Not to mention, the hook is an urgent plea for love that avoids sappiness altogether and replaces it with the compelling, frenetic energy of drunken desire.

Download "Sweetness" by Pearl and the Beard

"Sweetness" is the second song off Pearl and the Beard's most recent album called Killing the Darlings, which I have listened to and absolutely love for the raw vocal power of all harmonizing vocalists, the building of momentum throughout every song, the modern takes on various true folk styles, and the hint of classical cello and violin in this altogether fresh take on old country-style folk music.

These three know how to pull it together with style.

Full CD review forthcoming, but until then, get your fix with that free download right there, and be sure to look forward to more.

Also, the trio is on tour right now. For more information, visit, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.


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