The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.
With a voice like Janis Joplin minus the cigarettes and guitar playing like an angel with problems, Jessica Pratt seems to be a rising contender in the folk rock world. Pratt’s original and peculiar approach is simple, but allows her to enter a completely different category to modern folk rockers: a strummed or plucked guitar, and vocals that hold such unfamiliar nuances that their beauty really lies in the heart of the listener. “Back, Baby” is a single from her upcoming album titled On Your Own Love Again, which is being released on January the 27th.
Although the track is similar to her previous work, there seems to have been some emotional progression. Reminiscent of a pregnant Joan Baez at Woodstock, Pratt tells a tale of a lover from the past, a man she wishes she could revisit, but understands the consequences could be dire. As she “sometimes prays for the rain,” I pray her new album lives up to the standard that this single has set.
- Fin Worrall
As Pitchfork’s Jenn Pelly says “To say that Jessica Pratt is an old soul would be a vast understatement.” Listening to the young, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter’s enchanting voice and hypnotic guitar playing is akin to stepping into a time machine straight to the 1960s. “Night Faces” is not the type of song that demands attention, but through its skeletal beauty, its quiet artistry, it ensnares the ears and the soul of whoever listens to it. Pratt’s voice is soft and comforting, her lyrics melancholy, culminating in a very palpable sense that while the world might not be perfect, things will all be okay in the end. While the aforementioned temporally transportive nature of the track is very much true, the song also has the power to stop the world around it, leaving nothing but the listener, Pratt, and her guitar.
Jessica Pratt’s eponymous debut is out now via Birth Records.