Photo by Haley Hatkey
It's going to be easy to dismiss Prateek's latest single, "If I were a dog," as a novelty or comedy song. And it is a funny song. "If I were a dog" sees the Boston based singer/songwriter theorizing about how he'd spend his days if he was a dog. It's a song about wishing he could "piss on every tree stump," "make friends with all the bugs and snails," and "jump in every puddle." It reminds me quite a bit of The Lemonheads' "Outdoor Type" in both humor and musical style. It's the kind of song that is guaranteed to get Prateek some enthusiastic cheers once live shows can come back, but the humor helps mask some of the melancholy of the song, which is that it's preferable to be a dog than a human with a job.
You can watch the video for "If I were a dog" below. The video features footage fans sent in of their dogs. The song is available now via Bandcamp. For more on Prateek, check out the artist's website.