4 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It may have been Jett Prescott’s love for all things computer-related that found him obsessed with learning to play the piano after graduating high school. When he made the move from a computer keyboard to a musical one, songs came naturally. To a large extent, his eponymous 2012 EP reflects just that: a young man who can write and perform folk-tinged indie rock songs with the organic ease of turning oxygen into carbon dioxide. “Put Me Down in Wine” is immediately grabbing, with crisp acoustic guitar tones slow-dancing with icy notes from Prescott’s piano as he sings a heartbroken ballad about turning to his vices when his muse rebuffs his affection. But the following “Ignite” finds him singing of a requited love with an uplifting refrain; maybe Prescott’s at his creative best when his heart's on the upswing. There are some invigorating moments in “Where I Stand” that sound like David Bowie singing a Ben Folds song, before “Hot Air Balloon” closes with more than seven minutes of epic piano balladry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It may have been Jett Prescott’s love for all things computer-related that found him obsessed with learning to play the piano after graduating high school. When he made the move from a computer keyboard to a musical one, songs came naturally. To a large extent, his eponymous 2012 EP reflects just that: a young man who can write and perform folk-tinged indie rock songs with the organic ease of turning oxygen into carbon dioxide. “Put Me Down in Wine” is immediately grabbing, with crisp acoustic guitar tones slow-dancing with icy notes from Prescott’s piano as he sings a heartbroken ballad about turning to his vices when his muse rebuffs his affection. But the following “Ignite” finds him singing of a requited love with an uplifting refrain; maybe Prescott’s at his creative best when his heart's on the upswing. There are some invigorating moments in “Where I Stand” that sound like David Bowie singing a Ben Folds song, before “Hot Air Balloon” closes with more than seven minutes of epic piano balladry.

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