Pearl Crush is the solo project of vocalist, songwriter, and producer Mandy Kim Clinton. As a Korean-American adoptee, Clinton explores her dual, sometimes fractured, identity through her first love - pop music. Following her debut 7” release that received praised from the likes of GoldFlakePaint and The Grey Estates, Pearl Crush is releasing her first EP, Coax Me Out, on June 15th via Poison Moon Records.
Coax Me Out demonstrates a broader sonic approach for Pearl Crush and finds Clinton exploring new themes - how rigid, cold structures and institutions reach into in our most interior, intimate spaces, shaping who we become; how absence and yearning inform identity; and how we cope with this absence in our lives through self-denial, contortion, and fantasizing about who we could be.
Since her debut release, Clinton has been expanding her mixture of synth-laden dream and indie-pop to more expansive electronic production with R&B and ambient influences. She has stayed busy playing festivals like Day for Night & In Bloom Music Festival. She is also co-founder of DAMN GXRL, an emerging platform for women, non-binary and queer artists of color in Houston, Texas.
Through Pearl Crush and her other projects, Clinton, like many other Asian American artists, strives to amend America’s expansive catalog of artistic and historical narratives by inserting her own, after centuries of erasure.
released June 15, 2018
Written, Recorded, Produced and Performed by Mandy Kim Clinton
Mixed by Jonathan Lee Chan
Mastered by Sarah Register
the hand that feeds is bare/it sees & takes whatever it wants/kiss the jewels off my fingers/fawning the pawn/i know you’re not really who you are in your mind/yellow bellied/look the other way x2/now i’m on my knees/this honeymoon lasted way too long/and all that i see is coming through the fog/can’t hide it here/you can be beautiful/a promise made to make you the same/you’re not the only prey caught in the jaws of this game/look at my eyes well up with lies of my heart/so unfeeling/i get what i want x2/now i’m on my knees/i never said love lasts forever/and all that i see is coming through the fog/can’t hide it here
Track Name: Tide
you’re the object of my eye/can’t get close enough to you/sweetness on the lips i wanna try/stolen with one word/little thief in the night/you’ll be on the rock, high/who will you pick when you get to choose?/and i won’t fall for it/cos i won’t rise with your tide/won’t rise with your tide/oh no no no no/take it only if you need it/open the oyster with your flesh/you eat the cake & i make the food/i’ll lay it out on the table for you/can’t just have one bite
Track Name: True Blue
i’ll believe it/i’ll believe it when i see it/i will see it/i will see it when you say it/true blue you came along x2/i’ll believe it/i’ll believe it if you leave it/i can fake it/i can fake it so I believe it/ true blue you came along x 2/everything’s right except when you are gone/i’m losing nights like the sun in the morning/everything’s right except when you are gone/i’m losing bets like the fool who won’t call it/oh, you were lying to yourself/i took everything i came back for/(only what you need)/true blue you came along
Track Name: Milk & Moon
hey, put on your dress your collar is a mile high/your new look will never seem to go out of style/well i’m the paper doll dimension/now you’re just like me, but i’m livin’ without the luxury/you get away with anything you want so easily/i can be an accessory to your crimes/you put it on when you’re in the mood/if it’s lacking some intangible otherness, my warm body can be lifeless on the carpet/am i the gem or just a token?/now you’re just like me, but i’m livin’ without the luxury/you get away with anything you want so easily/i can be an accessory to your crimes/you put it on when you’re in the mood/i watch from behind the curtain/my crescent moon eyes are washed down with the milk of america/you’re never the problem, but you’re always the cause/i’m washed down with the milk of america/again
Track Name: Bend Until U Break + 원주시
i’m awake/late in my bones/i only bend with every fiber/isolation/bend until u break x2/stretch me like an open mouth/deep in the shell/i can’t coax you out/tenuously/bend until u break x2/can’t tell you what i need/trying to change when i am incensed, ooh/you always define me/trying to change when i am incensed/i’m trying to change/i’m trying to mend/i’m awake/late in my bones/i only bend with every fiber/isolation/bend until u break