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Jessica Pratt Returns With Sweeping ‘Life Is,’ First Single From Upcoming New Album

Jessica Pratt returns this spring from a five-year hiatus with Here in the Pitch, the singer-songwriter’s first album since her acclaimed 2019 LP Quiet Signs.

Ahead of the album’s May 3 release via Mexican Summer, Pratt has shared the first single and opening track, “Life Is,” inspired by the orchestral Sixties songs by bands like the Walker Brothers, although not indicative of the rest of the music found on Here in the Pitch.

“In a way, itʼs kind of a false flag, but I also feel like itʼs a statement of intention,” Pratt said of “Life Is” in a statement. “Life came and went and you didn’t land where you thought you would. Itʼs the third act and youʼre trying to climb back on the horse before it gets dark.”

(According to a press release, the “pitch” in the album title refers both to “pitch darkness” and “bitumen, the black viscous substance that forms deep below the surface of the earth.”)

Pratt worked on Here in the Pitch — available to preorder now — from summer 2020 to spring 2023, reuniting with close collaborators like multi-instrumentalist/engineer Al Carlson and keyboardist Matt McDermott while recruiting musicians like bassist Spencer Zahn, percussionist Mauro Refosco, and Ryler Walker.

“I never wanted it to take this long. Iʼm just a real perfectionist,” Pratt said of the too-long wait for her upcoming LP. “I was just trying to get the right feeling, and it takes a long time to do that.” 

Although recorded at Brooklyn’s Gary’s Electric Studio, Here in the Pitch was inspired by Los Angeles’ seedy history. “I became obsessed with figures emblematic of the dark side of the Californian dream while making this record,” Pratt said.

Pratt will hit the road this summer in support of Here in the Pitch with an eight-show U.S. tour kicking off June 20 in Los Angeles.

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Jessica Pratt Tour Dates

June 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom 
June 21 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy + Harrietʼs
June 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimboʼs 365 Club
June 26 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
June 27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
July 24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
July 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
July 27 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair 

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