Julia Pratt is “Tried and True” on New Single

By Deuce

“Tried and True”, the newest single from Julia Pratt, is altogether something else. In fact, it’s so much so that it’s hard to know exactly what it is, or how it’s able to get to where it’s going. But it works, indubitably, and is quite an affair at just over three minutes and a couple seconds in length.

The singer songwriter has an almost indescribably (plaintive in spots, soothing, certainly expressive, if nothing else) attractive voice. She’s one of those rare breed of singers who doesn’t need words or lyrics to sound good. Check how she harmonizes with herself on two or three tracks, and just hear how good she sounds. That’s quite a compliment for any singer.

However, this talent shouldn’t negate the fact that she actually has an abundance of lyrics on this tune, which certainly help to reinforce its winsome feel. “I know that you’re tired” she repeats on the hook, alternating the final words with “you tried” at some points.

This basic formula—that is, her singing with such a style—is wonderfully accentuated by her choice of sonic landscape which, for the most part, consists simply of a piano. This isn’t any piano, mind you, this is one of those haunting, melodic, constantly coming around (likely one bar loop) piano playing pieces that shares the best elements of Alicia Keys’ “Falling”. It manages to be both quiet and loud in parts, remains pensive, and is suited for both reflection and introspection—if not due consideration for what days may lie ahead.

The production picks up the pace at times, like after the vocalist has run through a couple verses and hooks and some highly distorted guitar—although it may very well be a synthesizer its just so distorted—reaches out and grabs you, taking you to the proverbial next level.

But this one functions best when that piano’s whirling around, Julia’s singing to herself and with herself, and there’s just a touch of kicks minus the conventional percussion and snares. She’s also got quite a silky soprano that she unveils from time to time, surprising in its high pitch and the way it complements what’s an extremely credible melody for most of the tune.

Play it once and see how swift (or not) you’ll be able to get it out of your head.    

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