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Pearl & the Oysters, Scott Gilmore + more!
Monday, February 10th @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Pearl & The Oysters
Florida may not seem like the most likely place for a whimsical French pop-loving band like Pearl & the Oysters, but it makes sense since the duo of Joachim Polack and Juliette Davis moved there from France. Using a kitchen sink’s worth of instruments and showing off a very light melodic sensibility, the band’s first two albums were breezy and delightful space age pop.
The duo met in high school in Paris and bonded over a love of Burt Bacharach and the Pixies. While studying musicology at the Sorbonne, they began working on a sound that was equally influenced by classic French Pop of the ’60s, space age pop of the ’50s (and its revival in the ’90s by bands like Stereolab), and the inspired simplicity of Love You-era Beach Boys. While living in Paris they started recording demos of what would become their first album, but midway through they moved to Gainesville, FL so Polack could attend the University of Florida to study Brazilian music at the doctoral level. They finished their s-t debut in Florida and released it in September of 2017. It wasn’t long before they started working on a second record: 2018’s Canned Music was released jointly by Burger Records and Croque Macadam.
From the heart of the strange, suburban environment known as the San Fernando Valley, a vast sprawl on the edge of Los Angeles, Scott Gilmore produces his own brand of seductive, beguiling and dreamy pop music.
This is how Scott describes what he does:
I make music using synthesizers, drum machines, electric bass, and acoustic and electric guitars. I try to write music that is both beautiful and engaging. I enjoy writing many melodies, harmonies and counter melodies into my compositions to develop a sense of forward motion. My main influences include Brian Eno, Cluster, Kraftwerk, Stereolab, Talking Heads, YMO, ‘70’s and ‘80’s Ethiopian Music, J.S. Bach, and the out-takes from the Beach Boys’ Smile Sessions. (from an interview in Titel – Kultur Magazine, DE)
His first album Subtle Vertigo elicited praise from the media. Comparisons to sounds as diverse as those of Air, Stereolab, Italian film music from the ’70s and to solitary eccentrics such as R. Stevie Moore and Captain Beefheart were drawn. His latest album, Two Roomed Motel was released in 2019 via Crammed Discs.
The Incredible Shagatha and his Moog (Shags Chamberlain)
Holy Pink are an electronic kosmiche duo based out of Los Angeles that love moogs & vocoders. Their debut EP came out on Never Content.