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The Pink Pearl Dragon - Lo Fi Dragon High Electro

The Pink Pearl Dragon – Lo Fi Dragon High Electro (thepinkpearldragon.com)

So, I was minding my own business, happily filling my daily music playlists with a random and diverse assortment of acts – as I always do – when a copy of ‘Lo Fi Dragon High Electro’ showed up in the mail a few weeks ago. This was intriguing in every way – the name of the band, the name of the record, the cover art, even the song titles. I took it for a spin – and then another one, and another, and another… – and haven’t been quite the same ever since. The Pink Pearl Dragon is, amazingly, a one-man band. Ahh… that’s not really true. The Pink Pearl Dragon is a one-WOMAN band. The Pink Pearl Dragon is, in fact, Rina R. Rosen, a diversely talented artist from Toronto, Canada. Rosen wrote, performed, recorded, engineered, and produced every aspect – except for the drum loops – on this six-song EP all by herself, and I believe she is responsible for the eye-popping cover art and packaging as well. All of that is impressive, sure, but what about the music? Truthfully, I could just listen to and write about the song ‘Word’ for the rest of the day and never get tired of it. Is there anyone reading this who is familiar with the band Monsters Are Waiting? They were a band from Los Angeles fronted by a vocalist/keyboardist named Analee Ferry that blasted into my life with some of the best live shows I’ve ever witnessed, along with 2 EPs and one full-length album, during the period of 2005-2008. There is importance in this digression. Monsters Are Waiting combined electro-pop with post-punk and an abundance of originality like no other act I’d ever heard before and like no other act I’ve heard since… until now. To backtrack slightly, I could base all of this purely on the song ‘Word’, which kicks in with an acid-jazz beat not unlike US3’s brilliant 1993 single ‘Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)’ and builds into a massive cacophony of delirious sound with layers of guitars and vocals that are in turn haunting and uplifting… and then the whole thing spirals down into a moody denouement that is nothing short of breathtaking. The only other comparison I can make – and I must point out the importance of this reference for anyone who is not familiar with what is absolutely the most grand musical obsession of my entire life – is to the single greatest album ever made: 1983’s eponymous release by Belfegore. In fact, my mind hears colors of that album all over ‘Lo Fi Dragon High Electro’ – in the vocal interplay, the razor-sharp guitar riffs, and the happily spooky keyboards found throughout this EP, to say nothing of the dark chords in ‘Play Again’, which seem to echo Belfegore’s ‘Wake Up With Sirens’ in a fashion that is nearly a tribute. I could make references to acts that are more well-known today – ‘Thinking Of You Running’ should have instant appeal to fans of both Kate Bush and Garbage; ‘Happy Song’ could be a collaboration with Chemical Brothers; there are shades of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Love And Rockets, The Cocteau Twins, and Clan Of Xymox here and there – but the end result is nothing less than The Pink Pearl Dragon, a genre unto itself. And in my little world, there is nothing better than that. The Impaler @impalerspeaks

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