Jessica Pratt spins a mood—hushed, hazy, and beautifully off-center. In fact, the entire world of Quiet Signs seems to live in a single, smoky room, mottled with late-day sunlight. Despite its neofolk quietude—many tracks are pared down to only guitar, flute, and a few room sounds—this follow-up to Pratt’s 2015 release On Your Own Love Again feels absolutely enormous. From the small hypnosis of “As the World Turns” to the rolling trills of “Poly Blue,” each moment throws Pratt’s enigmatic soprano into a strikingly eerie spotlight, all but begging you to drop everything and just listen. Heed that call. (4/5) –MOLLIE WELLS
This piece originally appeared in the January/February 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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