The Tonemamas like to think of themselves as independent women and if you liked it you should have put a ring on it (switch to footage of the Tonemamas dancing poorly but confidently to “Single Ladies”). But listening to Taylor Pearlstein’s indie -pop track “Fool” we had to take a look in the mirror and remove the black leotard and instead admit that we have once (or twice) been the very fool Pearlstein is singing about.
Who is the fool who stars in this song? She is the woman who subscribes to the delusion that her partner has only eyes for her. She is the woman who would rather try and keep herself in the dark than shed light on her partner’s infidelity. She is the woman who tries to make peace with the invisible ‘other’ woman. Pearlstein is astonishingly honest with her transparent lyrics and doesn’t skirt around anything.
“Fool” opens with a sultry and sensual beat, and the warmth of the track is further deepened by Pearlstein’s own silky vocals. The song moves surprisingly slow and is not shy in comfortably establishing its own pace. This feels unusual but highly appreciated – Pearlstein is not looking to satisfy the majority of today’s inattentive listeners who lose interest if a hook hasn’t been established by the first 30 seconds. Instead the track feels like a letter written to the collective of women who have once been a “fool”. Each section is taking its sweet time resulting in an unconventional 5 minute duration. It has a meditative effect and consequently serves like a musical endorser to not rush through feelings of conflict. And if you need more incentive to listen to the end – there is a glorious vocal layering that is worth waiting for!
Take a listen Tonemillers, and walk with us in the journey of forgiving our inner fools.
Best listened to: Reminiscing about the fool you were in a previous life and discarding anything you’ve kept of the ex who made you a fool (he should have put a ring on it…)
Listen for: 3:23 the aforementioned vocal layering that is hauntingly beautiful and the emotional peak of the song