Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt

"To say that Jessica Pratt is an old soul would be a vast understatement," says Jenn Pelly of Pitchfork. "The young San Francisco singer/songwriter's deeply intimate folk sounds so sincerely cast in from the 1960s that it's hard to believe she didn't release a proper LP during that period of time." Pratt's spooky and seductive self-titled debut is the inaugural release on Tim (White Fence) Presley's new imprint, Birth Records. "I never wanted to start a label," Presley says, "but there is something about her voice I couldn't let go of."

Pratt's debut release includes recordings from over the last five years, and steady advances in sophistication of recording and melody are evident throughout. To the artist, the record is a time-lapse document of discovery, both musical and personal. But in strangers' hands, Pratt's debut is another kind of discovery altogether. A fully-formed emerald artifact dug up cobwebby and cold but no less green for its time spent buried. Sun-bleached and sounding a thousand years old, Pratt's debut is arrestingly brand dazzling new, and watch how the lights in your living room go soft and yellow when you put it on.

Pratt, who is planning to tour in March with Presley's White Fence, has garnered praise in the Bay Area supporting acts such as Bart Davenport, Colossal Yes, Tim Cohen and Dominant Legs.

Jessica Pratt's debut is now available digitally on iTunes andAmazon. CD/LP is available now at http://birthrcrds.com

Matthew Daniel Siskin began writing songs as Gambles in August 2012 with no goal or motive other than the past few years needed addressing, and things that had gone unsaid for too long needed saying.

"Trust" the first song released publicly, came together quickly and spontaneously between friends. Nicolas Vernhes and Matthew (long time close friends & collaborators) were enjoying a late night at the Rare Book Room where Vernhes keeps a recording studio, label, and home. Towards the end of the evening the two ended up downstairs in the studio where "Trust" was sang in a single take, and with no words written.

"I think I just needed to say all of those things in that way, and it sort of just happened – and there is nobody else I trust as much as Nico, besides myself, to be in the right place, to say them"

"Trust was just the beginning – I think a new process for me began that night, and I realized I didn't need to sit down and really think about it too hard, it just had to happen. there's about 20 or so other songs which came together a lot like that. it's all stuff I've lived, a lot of it is pretty hard to hear played back – but that sort of told me I was going in the right direction."

Gambles is the end of a process and of many processes, the end of choices and the removal of style, the end of endlessness and self-doubt.

Gambles is music and people, boiled down, pressed dry, sliced thin, and left to dry. Yet it's clear that for Matthew, Gambles is also everything, a life-saving perspective into events that demand to be acknowledged, registered, declared and when ready, left.

Zachary Cale

.Zachary Cale is a songwriter originally hailing from Enon, Louisiana. He has released three full length albums, "Outlander Sessions" (2005), "Walking Papers" (2008), a full length rock record with his band ILLUMINATIONS entitled "See-Saw" (2008). His third solo album 'Noise of Welcome' is out now on ALL HANDS ELECTRIC (USA) and Adagio 830 (EUROPE).

"Zachary Cale is one of those unassuming guys who, once heard, earns your undying loyalty. You just want him to be a breakout star. He's the type of singer-songwriter that will appeal most to fans of Wilco and Iron & Wine." -The Brooklyn Paper

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Saturday, June 1 · Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Union Pool