Band of the Day

2015.05.28

Pell

Seamlessly flipping from affectionate wordsmith to hook-smashing crooner
Out in the cold, you told me it would be fine. Now you're alone, struggling for a place to call home.
lyrics from Runaway

2014 was a banner year for Jared Pellerin. With the independent release of Floating While Dreaming, Pell established himself as a premiere force in the music world. The first major statement of a serious artist, Floating While Dreaming garnered ecstatic press across the board, including FADER, Billboard, Complex, and many others. The album allowed Pell to flex his musical muscle while forging his own identity.

Though he hails from N’awlins, Pell’s sonics are more of an eclectic barrage of ethereal grooves than the raw bounce hallmark of the region. He seamlessly and tactfully flips from affectionate wordsmith to hook-smashing crooner on exceptional cuts like “The Never” and “Eleven:11.” Another album highlight “Runaway” captures Pell’s sense of striving, of rap as survival and profession, not purely a game of easy spoils, as he spits verses full of personal reflection.

Pell knows the importance of dreams. Hurricane Katrina forced Pell’s family to move to Jackson, Mississippi, when Pell was only fourteen. “All I was able to take with me from New Orleans was the musical culture I grew up in, not my possessions, only memories and life lessons,” he says, “creating a new life from scratch teaches you resilience.”

That same spirit of resilience is what took Pell from his day job at the Dollar Store (as chronicled in the song “Dollar Store”) to a nation-wide tour spanning over twenty-five states, including several shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas, as well as the BUKU Music + Art festival in his hometown of New Orleans. The massive amount of touring for Floating While Dreaming allowed Pell to hone his already-impressive live show, a delicate balance of laid-back singing and passionate rapping that hits both the mind and the heart with equal force.

With over three million streams on Spotify since its release, Floating While Dreaming represents the start of Pell’s career, an album about the time between dreaming and doing, the moments spent waiting for the journey to start. As a writer, rapper, and singer, Pell’s talent is formidable, and his skills are still growing. The next step of Pell’s journey comes in 2015, with an international tour and a new album in the works.

Having already landed spots on Complex’s Top 25 Rappers To Know in 2014, Pigeons & Planes Top 10 Rappers to Know Before They Blow, and Spotify’s Predicted Music Stars of 2015, Pell is poised to surpass even his wildest dreams in the year to come.