“The Pearl” by Hooveriii is a cheerful modern nursery rhyme

Los Angeles’ Hooveriii have made a modern Hollywood fairy tale for their latest single and video, “The Pearl”. It’s a sunny, upbeat pop song that showcases the seriousness of the six-piece singer-songwriter for the benefit of contagious happiness. “‘The Pearl’ is an ode to 60s and 70s pop songs in the vein of Nilsson, Ringo, Phil Spector, girl bands, Motown, and more,” the band says. “A little palace cleansing of light rhymes to close out the LP and quite possibly a vision of things to come. We like the idea of ​​being a bit unpredictable, of keeping people (and ourselves) on our toes.”

The video for the single plays into a similar unpredictability. In the past, we’ve always been told that the princess archetype is desperate to be rescued by her true love. But Hooveriii flips that antiquated assumption with a character who actually seems bored by the whole damsel in distress narrative. “The clip follows the song as we find our princess (portrayed by Foster James) trapped (or is she?!) in a tower to be wooed by every member of the band,” the band explains. “Which of us will leave with the heart of our young princess?”

Watch the video for “The Pearl,” written and directed by Vanessa Pla and shot by Andy Hoffman, below.

Dora W. Clawson