PEARL CRUSH: “First Blush” b/w “Semiprecious Stone”: 7”

Mar 22, 2017

With headphones on and the lights out, I fall down the rabbit hole. This single somehow illuminates the whole room, washing over me with its goosebumps-inducing dream pop. Multi-instrumentalist Mandy Clinton performs triple duty—vocals, guitar, and keys—while Kirke Campbell holds down the groove. Clinton’s confident vocal melodies shimmer, even when the chorus pedal is stomped. The contrast between “First Blush,” with its lushness of The Cure, and the B side’s distorted guitars and sparse arrangement demonstrate Clinton’s range; this single is evidence that a full-length is the logical next step. Let these two songs hold you over. –Sean Arenas (Poison Moon,