Fans are quick to read into the end of her relationship with fellow singersongwriter Jason Mraz on Tristan Prettyman’s sophomore album, “Hello.” But the San Diego troubadour contends there’s more to the album than just that.
“A lot of this record comes from observing the world around me,” Prettyman, 25, explains, “whether it be stepping back from relationships I’ve been in with people I’ve dated, or with friends and people my friends have dated — even as far as just watching my parents as they’ve gotten older, and people watching in general. It’s very much an observational album for me.”
“Hello”— the follow-up to 2005’s “Twentythree”— was recorded in London with British producers and is also a somewhat more upbeat and less angry album than Prettyman thinks people expected it to be.
“I’m not really a bitter person, so I don’t know why I’d make a bitter record,” she says. “I wrote a lot of the record in between April and June (of 2007) and the themes for the songs and everything are exactly what they are, where I was at in life, just really happy and positive, talking about things that I’ve learned.
“I like to say almost too much, and I like to not be afraid to let people know what I think and am feeling. That hasn’t changed between albums.”
Tristan Prettyman performs at 8 p.m. Monday (April 7) at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.