From its alt country-tinged beginnings, the new song from Brooklyn’s Taylor Pearlstein keeps building on itself until everything drops out and she’s left to carry the song a capella for close to a minute – the effect is nothing short of goosebump-inducing. She’s got a great understanding of dynamics; how songs build, swell and mutate over their runtime, and displays it in style across her new EP, out in a couple of weeks.
Emotionally raw indie-folk at its core, the EP’s sonic reference points include the likes of Weyes Blood, Perfume Genius and Julien Baker – the latter pulled off a transition to a full-band sound on 2021’s Little Oblivions, and it just so happens there’s a demo of ‘The Difference’ up on Pearlstein’s Soundcloud for comparison. The song’s come a long way in a couple of years. We’re premiering the EP version below.
According to Pearlstein, ‘The Difference’ “is where we get Perfect Blue (‘build a place of perfect blue’), coming to, beginning to grasp that just maybe, we are the ones responsible and the only ones who can put an end to this ride.”
The Perfect Blue EP is out on Friday December 1st.