Tamar-kali’s “Pearl,” featuring rapper Jean Grae, is a cacophony of discordant sounds that may make the dance floor but not my iTunes repertory.
The song is interesting for its Hendrix-like guitar riffs but terrible for them too, especially in conjunction with the fast-paced percussion and some sort of metal clanging in the background. Kali’s lyrics are lost among these musical beats, indiscernible, but her low drone is not, especially when she rises to a scream. Grae’s rap is much the same.
Both voices and the music are nauseatingly unsettling. Perhaps some pearls of musical wisdom might do them some good.