Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Prateek - "Wrong"

Photo by Holly Rike

Boston's Prateek has released a new single that is much more serious than the previous "If I were a dog." "Wrong" is a song about how racism is ingrained in people more than they realize, and how an offhand remark can haunt someone for years afterwards. Prateek's use of just his vocals and guitars give this song an intensely personal feeling. It showcases the power folk music can have in the right hands. "Wrong" is a powerful and important song, that can be as uncomfortable to listen to as it is beautiful.

In a Facebook post, Prateek explains the new song:

"In college, I hooked up with a white girl who told me I was the first non-white guy she’d ever 'done anything with.' What seemed like a flippant comment haunted me for the next nine years in ways I couldn’t quite put into words until 1) I learned how to write songs and 2) a global pandemic broke out... POC can’t hide from racism because it is, indeed everywhere. So we might as well face it head on."

You can listen to "Wrong" below. The song is available as a single on Pitch & Prose, and is available for download via Bandcamp. For more on Prateek, check out the artist's website.

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