Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs (album download)
LA-based folk musician Jessica Pratt released her skeletal and stunning album On Your Own Love Again. But next week, Pratt is coming back with the long-gestating new LP Quiet Signs, another full-length with the power to sweep you off into some vaporous mindworld.
Musically, Quiet Signs is a warm, welcoming, comfortable album — and on a day when most of us are walking around like the liquid-metal Terminator after he gets hit with the liquid-nitrogen tank, an album like that can make all the difference. There’s an effortless jazziness to the arrangements, which are full of flute and piano. And there’s also reverb all over everything, which sounds nice.
Quiet Signs is the journey of an artist stepping out of the darkened wings, growing comfortable as a solitary figure on a sprawling stage. Jessica Pratt is not a loud performer. She does not have to be. In a club of a few hundred, even the bar staff are known to go quiet while she’s on stage. Her third album, Quiet Signs, feels like a distillation of this power. The album leads off with Opening Night, a nod to Gena Rowlands’ harrowing, brilliant performance in the John Cassavetes film of the same name, as well as to where this spare, beautiful collection of songs falls within the course of the California artist’s career.
Quiet Signs is also Pratt’s first album fully recorded in a professional studio setting, her songs and guitar arrangements have been pared back to include only what is essential, while the home recorded haze of previous efforts parts to reveal the full scope of her vision.
It all serves to highlight Pratt’s voice, an idiosyncratic yip-coo that’s both demented and pretty. The whole thing has an out-of-time quality, like it could’ve come along at any point in the last five decades.
2.As the World Turns
3.Fare Thee Well
4.Here My Love
6.This Time Around
Stream and download Quiet Signs by Jessica Pratt below.