Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

19. Jessica Pratt
On Your Own Love Again
(Drag City)

Jessica Pratt's whimsical yet intimate sophomore record pulls listeners even deeper into her folk-flecked world. Recorded in apartments in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the four-track recordings that fill On Your Own Love Again bring together the songwriter's humble, close-mic'd whispers, plucked guitar strings and, on at least one occasion, the off-in-the-distance wail of an emergency vehicle.

Simply fascinating are "Strange Melody," which seemingly has Pratt paying homage to the "do do do" passage of Duran Duran's "Rio," and the tape-melting, pitch-shifted qualities of "Jacquelyn in the Background." The album touches on themes of extreme loneliness, with the closing title track capturing dispiritedness perfectly with its pastoral classical guitar and haunted coos. "Back, Baby," however, takes the sting out of solo living with an optimistic pledge to focus on things to come, a necessary move in 2015.
Gregory Adams