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‘I Want to Be the Sunlight of the Century’: Jessica Pratt Drops Stunning New Single

Track is off upcoming album Here in the Pitch, which marks the L.A. singer-songwriter’s return from a five-year hiatus

Jessica Pratt has released the buoyantly dreamy “World on a String” (and no, it’s not a Neil Young cover).

The track is delicately acoustic, yet it harks back to Sixties sunshine pop in melody. “I want to be the sunlight of the century,” she sings. “I want to be a vestige of our senses free.”

“On this track, I was influenced by the swaying, naive brilliance of ‘lost’ teenage garage rock bands, as well as enduring loves like the Nazz and Guided By Voices,” Pratt said in a statement. “Record the song moments after you’ve learned it on an instrument you’ve just picked up. Oftentimes, that’s all you need.”


“World on a String” follows the single “Life Is,” which Pratt released last month to accompany the announcement of her new album Here in the Pitch, out May 3 via Mexican Summer. It marks Pratt’s fourth album, following a five-year hiatus after 2019’s Quiet Signs. “I never wanted it to take this long,” she said. “I’m just a real perfectionist. I was just trying to get the right feeling, and it takes a long time to do that.” 

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