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Heathered Pearls is Polish-born Brooklynite Jakub Alexander, whose career in music was deeply rooted before ever releasing his own. Curator for Tycho’s ISO50 blog, co-founder of the Moodgadget label, and A&R at Ghostly International, Alexander has been entrenched in the industry since 2002. He was first introduced to the power of ambient music by his mother at an early age, discovered techno as a teenager living in the Detroit area, and gradually learned to create his own vision of the genres.
In 2012, Heathered Pearls wrote and released his first album. Loyal mimicked the hypnotic and swelling motions of ocean waves at night with melodic, loop-based ambient music, and was well received across the board. But Alexander would only move on from there, inescapably drawn to dancefloor ideas and memories of the engrossing techno mixes he pored over as a kid. The second Heathered Pearls album, Body Complex, was conceived in that mindset—transforming Loyal’s gritty, soporific textures into immaculate 4/4 figurines, glacial tone drifts, and starry synth plateaus. It’s the beginning of a new phase in Alexander’s ever-evolving project, the possibilities of which expand seamlessly into the realms of music, art, and performance.
“…‘Beach Shelter’ feeds off the same kind of unsettling ambience as Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1972, where the sense of a malevolent force lurking just beneath the surface is prevalent throughout.”
“The Polish-born Brooklyn transplant stitches a flecked tapestry of sounds with Loyal, steeped with intricacies and a restless fury underneath the surface.”
-Consequence Of Sound
“… the perfect winter soundtrack… layering soft synthesizers, indistinct loops, and hazy who-knows-what …”
The Heathered Pearls project has a dense visual base full of delicate abstractions clashing with bleak artificial landscapes. I adore the intense fragile objects out there that are calming since they help me create. I find that being surrounded by this sort of imagery is best paired with my music.