Pause whatever you’re listening to and stream Jessica Pratt‘s debut album below. We raved about the singer-songwriter here, and head to The Fader to read an interview with her. After the jump, read Pratt’s thoughts on the SF music scene from that interview.

From the outside, it seems the San Francisco music scene is having a moment. Does it feel that way to you?

I think it’s a little deceptive. I mean, there’s a solid core of people who play music here, like the Thee Oh Sees, but they’re kind of in a different category. They just tour all the time and put out records and everyone’s seen them for so long—they are really awesome. But I don’t really feel like there’s that much new, exciting stuff happening here. People get stuff going, and then they develop [it], and then they leave. Girls, for instance—I think San Francisco was really proud to be a part of [their success], then they just kind of all left and did their own things. And the Fresh and Onlys, they’re cool—[but] those guys are in like 20 bands a piece. I guess that’s also part of the reason why it’s taken me so long to get going with this. I don’t really feel like there’s a competitive music scene here. It’s like the people that do it regularly seem like they’re older and kind of—it’s like it’s all they know now, and it’s a way to make money and it’s a way to not have a job. You know? I totally respect that, of course; I mean, I’d like to not have to do anything else other than play music. I just feel like San Francisco is a weird void, where if you stay here too long you kind of just get frozen in time and never really progress past a certain point. It’s like a small town and a big city at the same time, in the worst of ways. I do like a lot of the aspects of the city, but again, it just seems like everywhere else everybody’s got their shit together and everyone has like five projects. This is the only big city I’ve lived in, and maybe if I moved somewhere else… I don’t know I just feel like every time I come back to SF, that it’s going to be like the same kinds of dudes in the same bar like six years later.

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