Tristan Prettyman took an extended break prior to making her new
album Cedar + Gold. She traveled the globe, had surgery to remove
polyps on her vocal cords, got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, dealt
with the pain of his ending the engagement, and eventually questioned
whether she even wanted to be a musician at all.
With an artistry that lies in her finely etched lyrical details and intimate
vocal performances, Prettyman spares no one, including herself, on songs
like Say Anything, I Was Gonna Marry You, Come Clean, Glass Jar,
and Never Say Never. As intense as some of the songs may be, the mood is
tempered not only by playfully twisted tunes like first single My Oh My,
but also by the album s warm, earthy sound, which Prettyman created
with her producer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry), who plays piano, bass,
drums, and some guitar on the album.