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Petracovich
Blue Cotton Skin
Red Buttons Records
www.petracovich.com


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

Track Listing:

1. Nighttime
2. Fall From Trees
3. Bird's In Flight
4. Coyote And The Moon
5. Driving Home
6. Water House
7. Company
8. Rosebud
9. Footsteps


 

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