The most remarkable perhaps is that she has clearly gone up in the format, both on stage and disc. The first two albums with Los Angeles-based Jessica Pratt was hemmainspelningar with only her self, the new ”Quiet signs” is recorded in a professional studio with some fellow musicians on the cautious keyboards and some flute and now the touring she's with her boyfriend Matthew McDermott on the synth and vintage electric piano.
In interviews, she has described it as a big step, as she hesitated.
tiny, anyway. On Nalen's expanded but still small club scene, she is sitting so that only the very best in the audience have a chance to see her, but it is completely silent anyway. Indeed, this is a must to hear this whispering, distinctive voice with its softly dimmed songs.
They sound like a dreamed 60, where the flower-filled folkpoppen from Laurel Canyon mixed with filmschlagers, bossa, French chansons, a few chords from Leonard Cohen and Burt Bacharach as well as a pianoslinga from Eric Satie. Always slow, always melancholy. In thin, brittle layers that gently tints the atmosphere in a room, rather than take it over.
Personally, she sings so quiet that it feels as if she is in her own bubble, not difficult but certainly introvert. You can't texts, they do not go to interpret, but communicate, she does anyway. By changing the intonation in the voice, go up into falsetto, almost may apply. However, not to say more than thank you between songs.
would easily lend itself to the cute and a bit childish, but Jessica Pratt is never even close to getting there. If something you hear a bit of the darkness of Nico, despite the fact that her voice is so different.
In the same way she keeps away from the most common visackorden and all links to americana, and, instead, become as a stripped-down demo version of something that really want to let both luxurious and världsvant – but then also would feel significantly more retro.
for Myself, I have sometimes to me that there is something odd with her accent, but it is so elusive that I don't get caught up in it. However, it is a wonder what mood she sometimes can get forward, with only a couple of chords on the guitar and a little mumlig song, as in the mildly psychedelic ”As the world turns” – where the small pianoaccenterna actually feels like a supplement you can have and lose.
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