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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

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