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Prateek Kuhad

Bikramjit Bose

Even compared to twee icons such as Belle & Sebastian or Camera Obscura, Indian singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad is very twee. His vocals are light, high, and breathy. His music is smooth, melodic folk-pop—think Donovan without the weirdness or the rock influences, or John Denver without the country twang. And his lyrics are steeped in sweet nostalgic indecision. On "Cold/Mess,” the title track of his 2018 EP on Artist Originals (AO), he warbles, "I wish I could leave you, my love / But my heart is a mess / The days they begin with your name and the nights end with your breath." And the video he’s released for it is a montage of hand holding, kissing, romantic arguments, and meaningful looks. So you could say Kuhad has one mode, and it’s a mode that’s likely to be cloying, verging on intolerable for anyone other than true romantics. For those with a place in their moderately yearning hearts for dreamily uptight sighs and earnest ambivalence, Kuhad is your guy—Cold/Mess is the perfect soundtrack to accompany all the emotions that come while changing your relationship status on Facebook to "It's complicated."   v

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