“Ming The Clam” by Pearla

Ming the Clam by Pearla is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The track is off the singer/songwriter's album Glistening Onion
Ming the Clam by Pearla is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day

Pearla–aka Brooklyn, NY-based Nicole Rodriguez–today shared her new single “Ming The Clam,” the second from her forthcoming debut album, Oh Glistening Onion, The Nighttime Is Coming. A contemplative, love song, it follows the lead single, “Effort.” “‘Ming The Clam’ is about falling in love, and surrendering to the mystery of it all. I wrote it after a day at Storm King with my partner. I had a really painful and disorienting period, and fell asleep on the grass under a sculpture. The whole day kind of occurred in a haze, and I felt messy and unfurled. It was one of those very vulnerable moments of letting someone care and love you, fully, in all that you are,” explains Pearla. “Ming the clam was the oldest animal to live on Earth. The clam lived for 507 years and then was killed in research. I heard about Ming around this time and it resonated with me, this idea that sometimes, when you poke at something remarkable, looking for answers, you might lose it. I’m learning to let good things be good, and to leave some mysteries unresolved. This song is me allowing myself to revel in the beauty of that.” Oh Glistening Onion, The Nighttime Is Coming will be released on February 10th, 2023 via Spacebomb Records.

Pearla’s music is inspired by the sounds of Bjork, or Will Oldham, Angel Olsen or Sharon Van Etten. Together with longtime collaborator/co-producer Tyler Postiglione, she crafts melodies, structures, and experimental noises not to carry the lyrics, but to emphasize their meaning. Parts of the album were recorded at Thump Recording in Brooklyn and Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, but the bulk of its creation took place in Pearla’s home. When asked about the album title, she offers: “It’s always been the title. I think it means, you don’t have to peel back every layer before you go to sleep.”

Pearla 2022 Tour Dates

10/21/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool

Pre-order Oh Glistening Onion by Pearla HERE


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