Hailing from Los Angeles, USA, Jordan Pratt is an acoustic folk singer songwriter who has hit my radar courtesy of his new, sophomore EP The Deepest of Blues. Here’s my track by track rundown of what Jordan calls his “personal mission statement.”
By Graeme Smith
Feature photo by Sunny Park
The Deepest of Blues features six tracks that Jordan wrote in the last year and speak of finding the strength to keep going during adversity. Of course, the whole world has had its share of adversity during the past couple of years, so, even though the music is a personal story, there’s a lot in Jordan’s words that we will all recognise. Still, Jordan makes his voice heard, cutting out a space in the saturated indie folk scene that he can call his own.
Opening track Please is a case in point. The imagery is laid on thick and as a result Jordan is able to paint pictures in the head of the listener, and bring the track’s pleading melancholia to life. The story unfolds against a backdrop of acoustic guitar and strings. It’s lovely stuff.
It flows nicely into track two Slow Burn Regret. Its confessional lyrics are elevated by a rich instrumental arrangement that builds out Jordan’s sound with percussion and piano. The tempo rises and falls, providing a wonderful sense of texture and all the while the vocals remain soulful and heartbreaking.
Track three Meant To Be Apart is built on plodding bass and minimal drums. Jordan’s vocals are particularly sublime in it, telling a tale of resistance to the an inevitable parting of ways. We’ve all been there.
Going Down has a touch of classic country folk to it in its guitar arrangement and the lyrics are infused with a kind of timeless pessimism. The imagery is strong here too, with standout moments. “You’re standing like an heiress!” Jordan exclaims and we see the object of his affection and antagonism as he does.
The EP’s penultimate track is What We’ll Do, a gentle, hopeful number with happy percussion and airy vocals. There is the feeling of turning a page. As the track progresses, the arrangement builds, as does its sense of optimism. It nicely sets up the record’s conclusion, its title track. Jordan leaves nothing unsaid, reflecting on what has come and ultimately letting it all go through a cathartic climax.
The Deepest of Blues is an accomplished collection from an artist who has put the time and practice into his art. More importantly though, he puts himself into it – his highs, lows and ambiguous in-betweens. It’s that sense of heart and soul that makes his music such a joy to listen to.
You can check out the whole EP below.