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Jessica Pratt - Here in the Pitch (Album Review)

Thursday, 06 June 2024 Written by Emma Way

Jessica Pratt’s music is perfect for a certain niche — the horror movie trailer set to a folk song that cuts to black as the knife-wielding killer does their thing. But it’s so much more than that, with her rich, whimsical voice entirely decade-defying on her fourth album ‘Here in the Pitch’.

Working alongside Al Carlson and Matt McDermott and the rhythm section of Spencer Zahn and Mauro Refosco, as well as Ryley Walker, Peter Mudge, and Alex Goldberg, ‘Here in the Pitch’ pushes Pratt’s sound towards folk’s borders, embracing the graceful edge of a fluttering vocal stack or a bossa nova drum part.

The reverb chamber of Nowhere It Was, in particular, is a delight to the senses.

But where ‘On Your Own Love Again’ served up psych-pop transformed by its sense of space — also a recurring theme here as Pratt’s vocal is very much the centre of attention, especially her lower register — songs such as Life Is nod to the Walker Brothers and the lavish sounds of the 1960s.

Thematically, Pratt zones in on that era’s potent preoccupation with the dark underbelly of the Californian utopia. This classic post-hippie aesthetic influences her already eerie, minimalistic approach but there’s also something soothing here.

Following in the footsteps of past works such as 2015’s ‘On Your Own Love Again’, these songs are a warm summer's day with the windows spread open and a light breeze drifting in.  

Jessica Pratt Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu June 06 2024 - LONDON Union Chapel

Thu June 20 2024 - LOS ANGELES California - Teragram Ballroom (USA)
Sat June 22 2024 - SAN FRANCISCO California - Bimbos 365 Club (USA)
Wed June 26 2024 - SEATTLE Washington - Neumos (USA)
Thu June 27 2024 - PORTLAND Oregon - Wonder Ballroom (USA)
Wed July 24 2024 - NEW YORK New York - Bowery Ballroom (USA)
Fri July 26 2024 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - World Cafe Live (USA)
Sat July 27 2024 - CAMBRIDGE MA Massachusetts - Sinclair (USA)

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