Album of the Week: Jessica Pratt

It was bound to happen. Inevitable, really.

I was introduced to Jessica Pratt’s latest album Quiet Signs on February 8th. How do I remember the date so clearly? Quiet Signs was one of Stephen’s #NewMusicFriday picks and it was inevitable that one of his picks would end up as one of my picks. I try to avoid doubling up because there’s so much great new music out there. If I didn’t, you’d see much more Stephen here.

The reason for the break in protocol being—I love, love, love this record. A lot. It is, as the title suggests, quiet and beautiful and I am brought directly back to the 1960s and voices coming through the car radio as we drove to the Paterson market. I am thinking about this:

I can remember, like it was yesterday, the first time I heard this song as we bumped over the railroad tracks before making the left to park at the market. I also recall how this song made me feel—a lovely cocktail of excitement, mystery, and hopelessness. I’ve been drinking up Quiet Signs on a daily basis, more than one-a-day, and its mysteries and moods grow deeper with each listen.

If you are a fan of the singer/songwriter and are looking for a new voice to add to your playlist, look no further than Jessica Pratt. Everything about her sound is distinctive, which is what we want from a singer/songwriter, so don’t let that put you off. Clocking in at just 27 minutes and change, you have time to give Quiet Signs your time which will be richly rewarded.

Available from Jessica Pratt’s Bandcamp page. Listen here: