Available languages: EnglishWith an understated style that called on the spirit of '70s folk introverts, singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt emerged from the ether in 2012 with a hauntingly elegant self-titled debut album. Mostly accompanying her layered vocals with gently played acoustic guitar figures, the songwriter would rise to acclaim with several albums released on indie giants like Drag City and Mexican Summer. Pratt came into the public eye with her 2012 self-titled debut. The album consisted of mostly low-key recordings of Pratt's voice and simple acoustic guitar accompaniment, recalling both obscure psych-folk artists like Sibylle Baier and more well-known stargazing folk-rockers like David Crosby or Joni Mitchell. Based in San Francisco at the time, Pratt's debut was released by her friend Tim Presley of the band White Fence, on a label he started solely to release her music. Some songs had actually been put to tape years earlier, sitting dormant until an album came together around them. The release was instantly taken to by critics and listeners alike, with initial pressings selling out immediately. Pratt went on to earn critical acclaim and bigger audiences, touring around the world on her own and in support of bands like Real Estate and Julia Holter. Her second album, On Your Own Love Again, appeared in January of 2015 on Drag City. After a brief respite, her third and up to that point most intricately composed album Quiet Signs, arrived in February of 2019. This time, Pratt worked with the Mexican Summer label and enlisted the help of additional musicians to add piano, synthesizer, and other subtle touches to the album.
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Picture this: after a rehearsal, a theatre actress witnesses one of her hysterical fans get hit by a car. The incident greatly distresses the actress. This scene was performed by Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes’ Opening Night in 1977. Jessica Pratt was moved by the film, to the extent that the first track from her album Quiet Signs is entitled Opening Night... And even though it was released in 2019, this third album from the American singer could easily have come out in 1977. Being timeless is not within everyone's reach, but as Pratt blurs the boundaries between eras, it becomes clear that she doesn’t belong to any space-time continuum. Even her strange yet moving voice is completely different from anything else. It’s a bit like the voice of a little girl confessing to Santa Claus… Or maybe it’s more like a fairy? Or an old woman wandering around a ghost town? All three at once perhaps. In any case, the thirty-something-year-old Californian creates chamber folk soundscapes which are colored by a simple flute, an acoustic guitar, a vintage organ, a few strings and a piano. The forgotten Linda Perhacs often comes to mind, as well as Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier, Karen Dalton and even Joanna Newsom. In short, all these folk singers from the sixties and seventies had incredible voices. The magic of Quiet Signs is very much real. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz