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Boomkat Product Review:
"Pearl Necklace is Bryce Hackford and Frank Lyon. Soft Opening is their debut release. Born of kinship and a fascination with sampling, Pearl Necklace stand out in a crowded, often derivative Brooklyn scene. Soft Opening is something else. It is the sound of something mysterious, something beguiling, something unique and exciting. Like their name, a mischievous double–entendre certain to conjure a sly grin, the music of Pearl Necklace is similarly coded. Nothing is quite what it seems. Hackford & Lyon share a fascination with text – with language, sound, meaning and with forms of communication. Soft Opening is a subtle but distinct dissemination of all of that, wherein all we think we know is revealed to be, in fact, quite alien. Building on their predecessors fascination with Sound as Text – from Pierre Henry to early Cabaret Voltaire to Christian Marclay to Matmos – Pearl Necklace define their SoundWorld by an open–minded approach to sampling, using source material of various fidelities – field recordings, Library records, dusted disco cuts, et cetaera – and live, primarily synth–based instrumentation, plus definitive use of an MPC1000 sampler. Derived from improvisations, Soft Opening was recorded in a relaxed pace over the course of a year in Hackford's studio in Williamsburg. While they wrote, a few guests popped by the studio to lay down some ideas: Alexis Georgopoulos, better known as ARP – who sensed a kinship between Pearl Necklace and Smalltown Supersound and subsequently introduced band to label – and Andrew Vanwyngarden, better known as the singer of MGMT."