Berlin-based, by way of Washington, DC, Zulu Pearls is pleased to share their performance video for “Safe Things”. Shot by Keil Milligan, the video features an exclusive impromptu living room set creating an intimate setting over the course of one take.
The single is out now on iTunes and will be part of their upcoming EP release, Singles Deluxe,available October 28, 2014 on Cantora. Five tracks of modern classic sounds are hear to remind the listener that craft and songwriting are still relevant, Rock & Roll bands still exist, and that good ones will always cut through the white noise.
Familiar, but hard to pin down, Singles Deluxe is a clear continuation of trajectory from Zulu Pearls’ first LP No Heroes No Honeymoons towards the bands’ unique brand of cosmopolitain pop, rock and soul. Singles Deluxe gives a glimpse into primary songwriter and Washington, D.C. native Zach Van Hoozer’s broadening scope of songwriting and sincere wit; deftly tipping it’s hat to retro sensibilities without succumbing to fetishism.
Comprised of recording session B-sides too good to be discarded, the songs range from power pop anthems, soul-inflected reflections on lost love, full on R&B come-ons and faux philosophical grooves. Tracks on Singles Deluxe were completed loosely over time on both sides of the Atlantic while compiling songs for Zulu Pearls’ second full length with sessions in the US overseen by producer Nick Anderson in Arlington, VA’s venerable Inner Ear/Bastille Studios and the rest by Van Hoozer himself, in various living rooms and practice spaces throughout Berlin. Mixed down to tape at Berlin’s boutique, 100% analog Vox Ton Studios by Francesco Donadello (Efterklang-Piramida) and mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Joe Laporta, the extra level of craft is immediately apparent in both the sound and the songwriting.
On top of the five original tracks on display, Singles Deluxe boasts exclusive remixes from a wide range of co-conspirators, artists and producers, including the likes of drifters Dirty Beaches (Montreal, CA) and Sapphire Slows (Tokyo, JP), weirdo-pop producer Young Marco (Amsterdam, NL) and Gothenburg, Sweden’s native son, Svart Express.
Alongside Van Hoozer, Zulu Pearls’ live line-up remains an ever changing constellation of international vagabonds, currently representing the Netherlands, Spain and England and of course the United States.Since the release of their debut LP, Zulu Pearls have visited NYC’s CMJ festival, been to London for their first run of UK shows, played the main stage of Copenhagen’s Trailerpark Festival, toured Germany with Jacco Gardner and the Delta Riggs and as support, Zulu Pearls have also played with Mac Demarco, The Smith Westerns, Ducktails, Cults, The Veils, Reptile Youth, The Big Pink and The Twilight Singers to name a few.