Prateek Kuhad: “with you/for you”

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Prateek Kuhad: “with you/for you”

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018

Think about one of the most populated countries in the world. Okay, now consider the honor of “one of the country’s leading singer-songwriters”. Put those two together and you have Indian guitarist-vocalist Prateek Kuhad.

Kuhad’s exposure to Western influences was limited until he enrolled at NYU, where he discovered the music of Elliott Smith. The stylings of Smith sent Kuhad down a rabbit hole of other acoustic composers who inspired him to reinforce his own guitar abilities. Fast forward past two EPs (one in Hindi, the other in English), a full-length, and countless internationally-acclaimed live performances, and we arrive at Kuhad’s latest and most emotionally complex album to date, cold/mess.

Written in India and recorded in Nashville, the six songs on cold/mess create a lush landscape that toes the line between orchestral folk and slow, poignant pop. Here in Texas we’re up to our armpits in summer sweat, so let’s welcome cold/mess with the album’s opener “with you/for you”!

Jack Anderson

Photo: Bikramjit Bose