We stumbled across Sahra Motalebi's new Blankenship EP at Other Music last week, thought the cover looked cool, then listened to the music inside. And guess what? It also sounds cool. Amazing how that works. Motalebi formed the Static Recital with Lansing-Dreiden's Jorge Elbrecht last year to release her music without industry interference, which means occasionally you get free songs. This one, "Pearling," is fucking awesome and elicited calls of Kate Bush and Sugarcubes when we played it in the office, which both puts her in good company but also describes her skewed take on pop music. And because she doubles as an artist who's shown work at New York's Rivington Arms gallery, Motalebi's video for "Pearling," directed by Brett Milspaw, is equally skewed and beautiful.
Download: Sahra Motalebi, "Pearling"