One of the US’ finest rising stars, Pearl Charles, has today revealed her dreamy new song, ‘Imposter’, the third track to be taken from her stunning new album, Magic Mirror, out on 15th January 2021 via Kanine Records.
Drenched in horns and hazy slide-guitar, the track was written on a mushroom trip at a songwriting retreat on Nantucket Island; the lyrics reference The Grateful Dead (steal your face) and the classic idea of never looking in the mirror while you’re on psychedelics.
Listen to ‘Imposter’ HERE
Speaking of the track Pearl said, “On the surface ‘Imposter’ sounds like a sun-soaked day, but there is a darkness that lurks beneath. An experience reminiscent of Ram Dass’ first trip in ‘Be Here Now’, ‘Imposter’ tells the story of someone wrestling with their larger cosmic identity beyond the human form and deals with the general idea of “Imposter Syndrome”, feeling like a fraud despite your qualifications and accomplishments, which many professional women struggle with.”
Magic Mirror is a looking glass of sorts. Like a modern day Alice in Wonderland. It follows the cartography of a girl, growing into a woman, as she moves through life from single-dom, to the expansive space of self-reflection, and the newly appreciated perspective of coming back together again and finding yourself, this time with someone new.
Pearl has been playing music since she was five years old. At 18, she formed country duo The Driftwood Singers with Christian Lee Hutson, singing and playing guitar and autoharp. At 22, she joined garage rock band The Blank Tapes as a drummer. After a few fun-filled years immersed in the rock and roll lifestyle, she decided it was time to pursue her own songwriting, and began developing the songs that formed 2015’s eponymous debut EP and additional debut LP that came out in 2017 on Kanine Records. She has headlined national and international dates as well as shared the stage with contemporaries Best Coast, Sunflower Bean, Mac Demarco, Conor Oberst, etc, as well as festival plays like ACL, Huichica and Desert Daze.
Her music career has been a chronological progression from old-time music to 60’s garage and psychedelia, and now more 70’s country and soft rock. Drawn to catchy, poppy hooks and choruses, Pearl draws on what she loves about each era while developing her unique style and voice as a musician, singer, and songwriter.