Last month, French-American duo Pearl & The Oysters announced their third album Flowerland, which to be released September 3 on Chicago’s Feeltrip Records. The album is intended as the final installment of their ‘Florida Trilogy’, which includes their 2017 self-titled debut and their 2018 follow-up Canned Music. We already heard the single “Treasure Island”, a tribute to the strange town on the state’s Gulf Coast, and today they share another track called “Soft Science”, which features Kuo-Hung Tseng of Taiwanese jazz-pop act Sunset Rollercoaster.
The song opens quietly with a twinkling melody yet quickly settles into a pleasant mid-tempo groove. (Listeners may be reminded of artists like Toro Y Moi.) Members Juliette Davis and Joachim Polack engage in a call-and-response that centers around the debate of staying in and studying or enjoying a day outside, a dilemma many of us may remember from our university years. Speaking on the single, the duo explains:
“In this semi-autobiographical chorus-less duet, grad school anxiety materializes into an argument between lovers, the premise of which was inspired by nouvelle vague tropes surrounding domestic ennui: x wants to go to the beach, but y is hesitant because they aren’t done reading and “soft science is hard” (silly we).”