9 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The third album from the LA-based master of timeless acoustic folk is an exercise in restraint. Yet despite its minimalism, there's emotional heft: While her 2015 album On Your Own Love Again followed the passing of her mother, the end of a relationship, and her upheaval from San Francisco to LA, these songs deal with her putting off a return to San Francisco after falling in love with musician Matthew McDermott (who plays piano on the opener here). The nine songs are compact and rooted in Pratt's voice, evoking 1960s French yé-yé singers or Nico, as the chamber pop of short numbers like “Fare Thee Well” and “As The World Turns” lulls with gentle flutes and soft strings. It's an intimacy that's distinct from any of her singer-songwriter peers, veiled behind a sense of old-fashioned mystique.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The third album from the LA-based master of timeless acoustic folk is an exercise in restraint. Yet despite its minimalism, there's emotional heft: While her 2015 album On Your Own Love Again followed the passing of her mother, the end of a relationship, and her upheaval from San Francisco to LA, these songs deal with her putting off a return to San Francisco after falling in love with musician Matthew McDermott (who plays piano on the opener here). The nine songs are compact and rooted in Pratt's voice, evoking 1960s French yé-yé singers or Nico, as the chamber pop of short numbers like “Fare Thee Well” and “As The World Turns” lulls with gentle flutes and soft strings. It's an intimacy that's distinct from any of her singer-songwriter peers, veiled behind a sense of old-fashioned mystique.

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