Sonic Dreams: Exclusive Interview With PELL

September 23, 2014 7:17 PM

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Sonic Dreams: Exclusive Interview With PELL

There is a space where existential nuance and personal confession all exist in the rhythms of a dreamscape universe. This is the world of Pell, and with his recent album Floating While Dreaming, he transports us to a universe of varied influences manifested in ambient sounds and serious hip-hop grooves. The album includes production from Thomas Barford, Staccs, and Ludwig Göransson (Childish Gambino). It was after Hurricane Katrina that Pell (Jared Pellerin) moved to Jackson, Mississippi and although originally from New Orleans, Pell's creative direction is not controlled by the limitations of what Southern rap "should" sound like. His lyricism reveals tales of growing up in the South and this includes tracks like "Dollar Store" which tells of his days working at the local dollar store before quitting to leap straight into music. There is a transition in Pell's flow as he shifts from rapping to singing, from floating above a beat to ripping straight through, as he challenges what it means to be a rapper while simultaneously reshaping and rebuilding the future of Southern sound. He is establishing himself as an artist with confidence and a true belief in boundless creativity and the result is lasting, like the lingering effects of a dream.

PELL: Yeah, a lot of show and the most memorable show that I've had as of late was a show I did with G-Eazy in New Orleans and it was at the Republic, which is like a 1,200 capacity room and it was sold out. It was crazy, it was wild, it was a movie, and I actually have footage from it and that will...

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