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It’s hard not to draw comparisons to folk sisters old and new. You’ll hear traces of Joni Mitchell’s heavy soul and Joanna Newsom’s signature nymphlike warble. But contemporary chanteuse Jessica Pratt wants to be judged on her own merits.

The local singer-songwriter has a lot going for her: mesmerizing guitar skills, moody lyrics, wistful melodies and a haunting voice. Her sophomore record, On Your Own Love Again, dropped earlier this week and is the kind of music that would make the perfect soundtrack to rainy days spent at a cozy cabin deep in the woods--a dreamy, simple sound.

Recorded at home in Los Angeles and San Francisco over the past two years, the album’s songs have the intimacy of impromptu living-room guitar sessions amongst close friends, but the polish of a talented up-and-comer. Fire up the album’s first single, "Back, Baby," and don’t be surprised when you start swaying back and forth to the music, lighters and all.

Catch Pratt next month at the Chapel before she embarks on a world tour.

February 25 at the Chapel, 777 Valencia St.; 415-551-5157 or thechapelsf.com

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