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Prateek (from the album ‘Til June available as a self-release) (by Bryant Liggett)
The latest release from Indian-American Prateek, ‘Til June, is one of the most balanced releases of the year. It’s an even record, where tender ballads rub elbows with jangly Rock’n’Roll, partnered with a stoic, thinking-persons self-reflections do a dance with cuts loaded with subtle humor.
‘Til June opens with a slow Rootsy tune delivered with growling vocals and stabbing guitar solos. It is both hip and haunting, showing Prateek can drop a hint of Goth. He sings ‘no one likes you when you’re stoned, they just hate to be alone’ on “The Gangs All Gone,” an upbeat Rocker that’s a nod to his, and anyone’s, successful sobriety. “You’re Still on My Mind” is a heartbreaker loaded with lament as he sings ‘I wish I died the day I met you’ and he shows he’s not all heartbreak and drama with “If I Were a Dog”; a track that’s bouncy, funny, and uber-catchy, as much of a kids tune as it is an adult wish.
“No Fun” is a punchy Rocker where Prateek sarcastically sings ‘I don’t do parties, I don’t do drugs’ as he sarcastically admits he’s no fun as he closes with the simple and stripped down, doing a lot with a little in “When You Were Loved”.
With cues taken from a load of influence and inspiration like Jason Isbell or John Prine, Prateek’s debut throws himself into the center of the singer-songwriter, Roots Americana crowd. Yet with him nailing mid-tempo Rock and thoughtful ballads, that is not an impulsive placement.
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