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Petracovich
We Are Wyoming
Red Buttons Records
www.petracovich.com


Jessica Peters is growing up, both musically and lyrically. The beautiful simplicity of Blue Cotton Skin has been supplanted by a highly textured and multi-layered symphony of sound. Gone are the days of little pop gems built around a simple part off the Nord Lead. Instead, We Are Wyoming is filled with delicate melodies and a subdued musicality that is far more tuned to relaxation and introspection than Petracovich's last record.

The album begins with the atmospheric sounds of birds singing and then flows right into "Pecadillos", a track that would be very soft and downbeat were it not for the trashy drums that jump in at opportune moments to create just a bit of tension. "Summer Trees" is pretty pop at its finest - slow music based around a nice piano melody that is skillfully enhanced by Peters' breathy vocals and charged harmonies. Taking a turn similar to Beth Orton's latest project, "Telephone" seems more a folk song that's been given synthesizer flesh - it fits comfortably, and the melody is charming and the music a sort of modern indie lullaby. "The Ultrasound" is based around a lilting descending piano line played over warbling synthesis that creates the perfect amount of tension to make the song really stand out from the pack. Slowing it even more on "Paper Cup", Peters strips away the extras and focuses on just piano and vocals, which makes for a definite highlight on the record. A carnival atmosphere reigns on "Others" with its calliope-esque tune, and then the album jumps back to deep introspection which leads to the eerie "We Are Wyoming". This track finishes the album in a strange atmospheric fashion, the basic song structure underpinned with floating electronics and washes of odd sounds that make for an interesting listen… A bit reminiscent of the slower moments of Area and The Moon Seven Times.

There is a deep undercurrent of electronica that runs through these songs, reminding the listener of where Petracovich began and where Peters' heart seemingly lies. I think that despite the fact that these songs are so well produced and built up around layers of sound and aural texture, that Jessica longs for those older days of sitting in her bedroom with nothing but her synthesizer, writing songs that came straight from the heart with little to draw attention away from the basic structures. We Are Wyoming is beautiful, true… but so was the stark soulfullness of Blue Cotton Skin.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Clair De Lune
2. Pecadillos
3. Summer Trees
4. Telephone
5. What If I Came to Get You?
6. Fantasy Impromptu
7. The Ultrasound
8. Sparrows on 4th Street
9. Paper Cup
10. Others
11. Swallows on 8th Street
12. All I Have to Say
13. Dearly Departed
14. We Are Wyoming


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