Unwrapped: Joey Miceli – String of Pearls

We had a chat with Joey Miceli about his immersive, stripped-back new single ‘String of Pearls’

Las Vegas singer-songwriter Joey Miceli is an artist that is known for the expansive and impassioned nature of his work, making a name for himself with a mixture of thoughtful, emotive songwriting and ethereal soundscapes.

The latest release from the artist is ‘String of Pearls’, a track that sees the artist tapping into a softer and more gentle side of his sound while continuing to demonstrate the emotional core that informs his work. Being candid and earnest is something that has always come as second nature to the artist, and the new release just reaffirms the painstaking effort that he goes to to convey and articulate his feelings in powerful fashion. The artist explores the way that we look to give grace to the people that have hurt us on the new single, making for a devastatingly raw and affecting release that is sure to hit listeners in an impactful and memorable way as they relate to his words. We had a chat with Joey to find out some more about the release and the process of creating it.

Hey! We love your new single ‘String of Pearls’, what more can you tell us about it?

Thank you! It was something I needed to write at that time to process the grief I was feeling from a failed friendship. It really taught me it’s not about blame and who triggered the downfall, but I learned so much through it and I should still appreciate the beautiful things to come out of that time in my life.

What was the process like putting it together?

It was super instantaneous. I heard the guitar lick from RRAREBEAR and the first verse you hear in the final version is essentially what came out immediately. Once I had written the song, I really thought it would be a cool way to end the record I had been working on for a couple months at that point. After sitting with a demo for majority of the year, around two months ago, I took the song to Santino and we cut the vocals and messed with the arrangement a bit. We ended up writing a better song for the new album, so String of Pearls didn’t make the final list, but I still figured I’d share it. We put it out for my 24th birthday and I’m really happy we did.

What were your biggest influences when creating the track?

I was listening to a lot of self-titled Fleetwood Mac, Space Oddity by Bowie, Jessica Pratt, and Adrianne Lenker. I was also really inspired by The Chicks in the vocal arrangement and production.

The track showcases a more delicate and gentle side to your sound, what made you move in this direction?

I really wanted to show a different side of my writing ability and my voice. I listen to a lot of alternative and country music and want to write more for what I listen to.

What else do you have planned for the near future?

New music, more live shows, and more time in the studio. I’m so stoked about next year and all that we have planned. I think my listeners will be pleasantly surprised.