Hear the first single off the solo debut from the veteran D.C. musician
Photo by Jason Barnett
“I feel very compelled to make this music. I hear it in my head, and it excites me and needs to come out. It is personal and honest and raw. I do it for me, but I also hope there are other weirdos out there who like it too.” – Pearie Sol
Pearie Sol is the solo project of Gauche’s keyboardist (and former member of many a D.C. band, including Teen Liver) who prefers to remain anonymous beyond his stage moniker. He’s long been part of the wave of people, sounds, and ideas that keep the Washington D.C. DIY scene going. His self-titled debut tape – out this Friday on Sister Polygon Records – was recorded in a single session with Gauche bandmate Jason Barnett using only three old school machines: a Wurlitzer Learning Module, a Rhythm Ace, and a Casio Sk-1. Pearie Sol says he prefers you listen to the album in one sitting as well to fully appreciate the record. You’ll have to wait until the tape is out on Friday to get that full album experience, but “Alley” is a great appetizer. Here, Pearie Sol sings a frantic homage to living, in his words, on the “dirtier side of life,” repeating lines like, “I prefer to walk down the alley” and “I prefer to walk in the mud” throughout the track as the organ and drum hits pulse ever forward.
The simplicity of the recordings openly reveals Pearie Sol’s spectrum of emotions, memories, and inner struggles. ”I think in general I have a hard time writing about one thing in my songs,” he says. “A lot of them end up being a jumble of several themes written in some sort of stream of consciousness way. I tend to write a lot about myself and my feelings.”
Pearie Sol’s live performances guided the production of the tape. “When I play live, I try not to make the sound ever stop. It makes the set and the songs more cohesive and it made it more exciting for me,” he notes. “I recorded this tape the same way; all the way through in one go. If you get the actual tape you will be able to hear the long version which is close to 25 minutes of uninterrupted music. And that’s pretty close to what I was playing live these past few months. I don’t know how long I will continue playing the live uninterrupted set for shows, but at least for a little while longer I imagine.” And listening to the tape all at once does give the listener a different, deeper meaning than taking it in chunks. There are no beginnings or endings to the tracks, no separations of meanings. We see Pearie Sol’s mind and heart as a whole, good and bad, and how it all relates. It’s like watching a nature documentary and beginning to understand how the slow growth of a lily relates to the reproduction of lions. Start here with “Alley” and buy the whole thing on Friday for full comprehension.