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Quiet Signs sounds like a lost Paisley Underground classic. The delicate piano, flute, organ and string arrangements for “Fare Thee Well” and “Poly Blue” have a lush, chamber pop vim that work wonders around Jessica Pratt’s enchanting voice. The record’s B-side glows with an arresting late-night clarity – especially “This Time Around.” A perfect late night soundtrack.

The singer/songwriter somehow brings a maximalist energy to a record so subdued you’ll refrain from speaking during its quivering 27 minutes, for fear of disturbing the peace. Quiet Signs is a convincing argument for simplicity. Jessica Pratt has a very, very restrained way of supplying strength and relief during our hectic moment. Her songs are so quiet they almost don’t even exist, but maybe that’s how we need to feel for just a moment—like we’re just air. These tracks aren’t immediately satisfactory. They emit tranquility only if you’re willing to devote your full attention—and perhaps repeated listens. In under 30 minutes and in just nine songs, Pratt produces a warm, bewitching alternate dimension—but not the kind you fall into in a nightmare or thriller. The universe she’s fashioned for herself is more paradisal.

Taken from the new album ‘Quiet Signs’ Out Now on Vinyl / CD / Digital via City Slang and Mexican Summer


Quiet Signs, Jessica Pratt’s third album, follows 2015’s On Your Own Love Again. “On some level I considered an audience while making the last record,” Pratt said in a statement. “But my creative world was still very private then and I analyzed the process less. This was the first time I approached writing with the idea of a cohesive record in mind.” The video for “This Time Around” features hazy clips of Pratt walking along various outdoor backdrops and lounging about an ornate mansion, somewhat cryptically gazing at her own reflection.

I’ve poured a lot of myself out making this record, worked carefully to capture the right thing and I’m delighted for you to hear some of it, finally. The single itself principally features Pratt’s melancholic, lonesome vocals as they dance around one single guitar’s simply strummed chords. It’s uncomplicated in construction and just mysterious enough to be perfectly served by the accompanying visual.

The album was produced by both Pratt and Al Carson, who, along with Matt McDermott, also performs on the record. Jessica Pratt“This Time Around” from the new album ‘Quiet Signs’ Released by Mexican Summer and City Slang.

Jessica Pratt has announced her third studio album, Quiet Signs, due out on February. 8th, 2019, via Mexican Summer. “On some level I considered an audience while making the last record,” said Pratt in a statement. “But my creative world was still very private then and I analyzed the process less. This was the first time I approached writing with the idea of a cohesive record in mind.” The album was produced by both Pratt and Al Carson, who, along with Matt McDermott, also performs on the record.

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. It’s also an emblem of where this spare, mysterious collection of songs falls in the course of Pratt’s career.

“On some level I considered an audience while making the last record (2015’s On Your Own Love Again),” she writes, “But my creative world was still very private then and I analyzed the process less. This was the first time I approached writing with the idea of a cohesive record in mind.”

After a collection of demos and early studio recordings (Jessica Pratt, Birth Records, 2012) earned her a small, dedicated audience, Pratt moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles and recorded her first intentional album in her bedroom in a matter of months. That album, On Your Own Love Again (Drag City, 2015), would bring her around the world many times, leading many to fall under the spell of Jessica Pratt the performer, the songwriter, the singer with the heavy-lidded voice that feels alien and familiar at the same time.

Her first album fully recorded in a professional studio setting, Quiet Signs finds Pratt’s songwriting and accompanying guitar work refined — more distinct and direct. Songs like “Fare Thee Well” and “Poly Blue” retain glimmers of OYOLA‘s hazy day afternoon spells, yet delicate flute, strings sustained by organ arrangements, and rehearsal room piano now gesture towards the lush chamber pop and longing of The Left Banke. On the album’s first single, “This Time Around,” Pratt hits on a profound, late-night clarity over just a couple of deep chords, evoking Caetano Veloso‘s casual seaside brilliance. And before the curtain drops on Quiet Signs, Pratt provides a show-stopping closer, “Aeroplane.”

In the world of Quiet Signs, the black of night usually represents fear, despair, resignation; finally at home descending towards the illuminated city, she sings over black leather drone and tambourine shuffle with a newfound resolve. Quiet Signs is the journey of an artist emerging from the darkened wings, growing comfortable as a solitary figure on a sprawling stage.

The album was written in Los Angeles and recorded at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn, NY over 2017 and 2018. It was co-produced by Al Carlson. He plays flute, organ and piano on some songs. Matt McDermott also played piano and string synthesizer.

It will be released on Mexican Summer on February 8th, 2019.

For her third album Quiet Signs, Jessica Pratt offers up nine spare, beautiful & mysterious songs that feel like the culmination of her work to date. “Fare Thee Well” and “Poly Blue” retain glimmers of On Your Own Love Again’s hazy day spells, but delicate arrangements for piano, flute, organ and strings instill a lush, chamber pop vim. The record’s B-side, meanwhile, glows with an arresting late-night clarity; the first single, “This Time Around,” pairs the Los Angeles artist’s intimate vulnerability with a newfound resolve. Ultimately, this confidence is what sets Quiet Signs apart from Pratt’s previous work, the journey of an artist stepping out of the darkened wings to take her place as one of this generation’s preeminent songwriters.
Releases February 8th, 2019

Jessica Pratt“This Time Around” from the new album ‘Quiet Signs’ Released by Mexican Summer and City Slang Records.

It’s hard not to contain the excitement for much longer, As the End of the Road festival is jus finally only one week away.

Its one of the festivals I have been looking forward to all summer long with the wonderful Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons only last weekend and its off to another beautiful festival setting next thursday, here I am previewing some musicians to look forward to as the festival celebrates it’s momentous tenth year as one of the best weekends on the calendar. Some of the artists appearing to looking at the legacy of the festival as a whole, End of The Road festival has so many pleasures this coming weekend. Here are a few of the acts that you should not miss on the weekend of 4th – 6th September.

FRIDAY  –  BIG TOP  ~  11:45  –  12:15

Love L.U.V will be kicking off as the first band to play in the Big Top,  Borrowing their name from the immortal spoken word intro to The Shangri-Las classic Give Him A Great Big Kiss, the band give this track all the fuzzed-up ’60s, doo-wop girl-band harmonies you could possibly want.


FRIDAY ~ GARDEN STAGE ~ 12:00 – 12:45

Ryley Walker’s second LP “Primrose Green” , has been a slow-burning joy this year with echoes of John Martyn and Nick Drake with his vocal sound and guitar work .Walker has an ability to create a dense, spellbinding atmosphere using just his rich, vintage tone and deep, almost sullen timbre. Adding an extra edge of intensity and improvisation to his live proceedings as a four piece band, Walker is a personality easy to escape with.



FRIDAY ~ GARDEN STAGE ~ 13:30 – 14:15

Steeped in 60s Folk and Lo-Fi raspiness, Juan Wauters has an impressive ability to amass the qualities of his comprehensive influences and create something pleasantly novel and grounded, his sharp, natural progressions and untainted vocal delivery combining to make sweet, eclectic pop. With his band of friends behind him, Wauters confessional love songs will be unintentionally purposeful and create a sweet, satisfying setting.

FRIDAY  –  WOODS STAGE   ~  16:00  – 17:00 

Torres knows the darkness. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter otherwise known as Mackenzie Scott waits until anything—an idea, an emotion, a memory—gnaws at her, tearing at her fingers and throat until she releases it in song. Following her self-titled debut in 2013, TORRES pushes herself to even noisier extremes on Sprinter, a punishing self-examination of epic spiritual and musical proportions.



FRIDAY ~ GARDEN STAGE ~ 16:30 – 17:30

With the release of their second LP ‘Sun Coming Down‘ set for just after the festival, Ought will hopefully be providing the first taste of the new record at End of The Road. What cannot be questioned is that the group will deliver something distinctive and encompassing once again through their astute post-punk. Their live set channels the understated recordings with an added air of resolve and atmospheric poignance. Perhaps the perfect accompaniment to a late afternoon.



FRIDAY ~ GARDEN STAGE ~ 20:00 – 21:00

Ty Segall remains as busy as he ever has been. Although we have yet to hear a record from him this year, the return of Fuzz brings great excitement for those with a fondness for Segall’s heavier explorations. Grooving riffs and psychedelic mysticism are of course to be prescribed, preparing for whig outs at an ear-piercing volume wouldn’t be quite misjudged either.


SATURDAY ~ THE WOODS ~ 21:30 – 23:00

What superlatives can be used that haven’t already about the music and personality of Sufjan Stevens‘Carrie & Lowell‘ is one of the most fragile, vulnerable listens you’ll hear not just this year, but period. Combined with some of his most moving compositions from his illustrious back catalogue, Sufjan’s set will be emotional, confessional and most notably, uplifting.



SUNDAY ~ BIG TOP ~ 13:00 – 13:45

With new record ‘Freedom‘ finally set for release this Friday, The Black Tambourines will be in an especially frivolous mood come their set on Sunday afternoon. Delivering fresh, eclectic cuts from their second LP and some of their undeniable hits from ‘Chica‘ and ‘The Black Tambourines‘, the group’s swaggering Garage-Pop will be an unmissable treat.


SUNDAY ~ BIG TOP ~ 14:15 – 15:00

In releasing two excellent records in quick succession, Jack Cooper and James Hoare have provided us with a catalogue of mellow jams that pleasingly stretch within a pop template. Their rich tone and considered harmonies naturally ooze subtleness, providing a laid-back canvas and more considered verse for the thought-provoked. With the addition of Mazes drummer Neil Robinson to the groups live forte and some amazing guitar workouts, UP’s gift for curious progressions will be delivered with extra satisfaction.



SUNDAY ~ THE WOODS ~ 17:30 – 18:30

Alvvays forthright dream-pop is focused, slightly melancholic and undeniably absorbing. The economical guitar-pop of Alec O’Hanley, Kerri Maclellan’s emotionally-driven synth and Molly Rankin’s engrossing vocal delivery makes for a succinct production. Their live set thrives with added passion and cohesiveness that will let Alvvays’ melodies really shine as the sun begins to set on the last day of the festival.



SUNDAY ~ TIPI TENT ~ 18:30–19:15

We cannot think of many other records that are as joyfully mystical and possess such an aura of timelessness from this year than ‘On Your Own Love Again‘, the second LP from Jessica Pratt. Delivering with elegance, Pratt’s music drifts with effortless intimacy. It would be understandable for such warmth to not transcend into a festival setting, but Pratt does so with aplomb, filling large spaces with her luscious melodies and intense poeticism.



This week’s World Cafe: Ones To Watch is artist, California based Jessica Pratt, who recently released her second album, “On Your Own Love Again”. Her self-titled 2011 debut wasn’t written or recorded with the idea that an audience would hear it — but people did. The new record has been made in much the same homemade manner as its predecessor, which preserves the quirky intimacy of Jessica Pratt’s songs.