Thursday, November 20, 2014

Best New Song: Jessica Pratt's "Back, Baby"

There's no shortage of times that I turn a shoulder to some buzz-generating artist because, after one lousy listen, I feel like I can't hop on board just yet. This can usually be attributed to laziness on my part, if for some reason the track doesn't grab me right away.

I can admit that this was initially the case with Jessica Pratt's acclaimed new single, "Back, Baby," which seems ridiculous to me now that I can't stop listening to the melancholy folk ballad. When I first heard Pratt's vulnerable coo and 1960s Greenwich Village-sounding guitar, it took me some time to get into it, which is crazy considering that era of music is one I cherish. But, after many listens to the song's complex (yet simple-sounding) genetics and Pratt's other-worldly vocals, I've caught on to how she might be fit for indie-folk stardom. I'm actually obsessed.

The San Francisco songbird's new single is sad - there's no doubt about it. Dreaming of rain and devising love stories in her head while her tender strums and harmonies dance beneath that pixie croon, Pratt is unabashedly lonely, and, like many before her, a genius to put it into song.

Look out for Pratt's second album, On Your Own Love Again, on January 27th, 2015.

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