If more good things would come from humble beginnings, the world
would be a much better place. This debut album was allegedly born
on the floor of a one room flat with nothing but a Nord Lead keyboard
and 4 track recorder. That's maybe not the humblest of beginnings,
but it's a fairytale story in the making. And aptly, the music of
Petracovich is like a lo-fi trip-hop fairytale. The songs
are serene and relaxed, full of ambient textures and surprisingly
mature nuances. Following in the footsteps of giants like Emiliana
Torrinni and Portishead, these songs take big steps with
little legs, sometimes slightly missing the mark, but other times
hitting squarely where they should. The music is tentative at times,
perfect for sleepy rainy Sunday afternoons. Petracovich's (a.k.a.
Jessica Peters) voice lilts along serenely, sweet by most
reckoning, but with an underlying power and smokiness that belies
her relative newness to the musical world. Proof that this girl
has been singing for years. Wonderfully diverse instrumentation
makes listening to Blue Cotton Skin a joyful experience;
with it's woody kalimbas and softly layered analog synthesizers
creating delicate landscapes of sound and mood. This is an amazingly
well-produced record, with enough interesting quirks and solidly
written songs to carry it through many listens. The record leaves
me feeling very relaxed, but also wanting more.
- David DeVoe
2. Fall From Trees
3. Bird's In Flight
4. Coyote And The Moon
5. Driving Home
6. Water House
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