Photo by Stephanie Houten
We've been covering Prateek for a few years here at If It's Too Loud..., and he's always been one of our favorite local singer/songwriters in the Boston area. Lately it seems like he's suddenly writing music on a whole new level and suddenly become one of the most intriguing artists in the city. His upcoming album (Til June, due out in the spring) seemlessly incorporates just about every genre within the roots category, and we've been absolutely blown away with every single we've heard. When the opportunity to interview Prateek about his upcoming album via email was presented to us, we simply couldn't pass it up!
Q: With your new album, you jump wildly between genres while keeping the album cohesive. What inspired such changes in your sound?
A: The music that I love, for sure. So many of my favorite artists - Foy Vance, John Hiatt, John Fullbight - have recorded albums where all the songs vary wildly in terms of sound and genre and yet they all work together. I’ve aspired to that ever since I started writing music.
Q: While your previous songs have been more solo/acoustic recordings, "Til June" is a full band affair. How was this different as far as recording goes?
I was surprised that this is your first studio album. Have you tried putting out an album before this?
A: I put out one live album in 2020, but yeah, this is my first studio album. Putting together a good studio album is expensive these days, even when you have a lot of favors that you can call in. So I wanted to wait until I definitely had the money to make this work.
Q: What music helped inspire your new album?
A: John Hiatt for sure, especially his album “Bring the family.” And John Fullbright - his first two albums are some of my favorites. Great examples of artists who can jump wildly between genres while still putting together cohesive collections of music, as you mentioned before.
Q: What are you looking forward to once the new album comes out?
A: The fact that it will be done. And getting to tell people that it’s out, especially people I’ve never met before. I hope this album ends up being a firm handshake, if that makes sense.
Q: Besides your album release, what other new music are you looking forward to this year?
A: I had to go to Google to answer this question because I’ve been so far down my own little rabbit hole of video games and comfort-listening music. Definitely curious about Peter Gabriel’s upcoming album. And “Cracker Island” by Gorillaz - they’ve apparently done tracks with Stevie Nicks and Thundercat, which sounds like the best kind of fever dream.
Besides just the questions I asked, Prateek gave us some insight into the singles he's released off the new album!