New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Three years after his debut album shot him to global attention, fast-rising international artist Prateek Kuhad has released a new surprise EP. Called 'cold/mess' (Saavn Artist Originals), the 6-song collection was shared exclusively with fans earlier today and is available for streaming and purchase now.
Listen to 'cold/mess' here: https://prateekkuhad.lnk.to/coldmess
Written primarily in Kuhad's hometown of New Delhi and recorded in Nashville, 'cold/mess' is a dazzling introduction to a musician on the precipice of global recognition. Hailed as "one of the country's leading singer-songwriters" by Rolling Stone India, Kuhad has been on a meteoric rise since releasing his 2015 debut 'In Tokens and Charms' - he took home an MTV Europe Music
Award, earned Indie Album of the Year honors from iTunes, captured 1st place in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (which helped launch artists like Gotye
to global audiences), toured with artists like Alt-J and Mike Posner
in addition to selling out his own amphitheater dates, and when he landed in Austin for the first time, NPR selected Kuhad as an "Artist to Watch" among the thousands slated to showcase at SXSW.
After signing an American publishing deal with the LA-based Cutcraft Music
(home to Nick Murphy, Izzy Bizu, and CP Dubb), Kuhad began taking regular trips to the States for writing sessions, where he eventually met Nashville-based producers/songwriters Konrad Snyder and Peter
Groenwald. Kuhad signed them on to produce his EP (his first time collaborating with outside producers) after two successful writing sessions proved them to be an ideal fit for capturing his sound - an arresting blend of organic folk intimacy and lush pop appeal, calling to mind artists like the Tallest Man on Earth or The Head and The Heart
but filtered through Kuhad's own uniquely global perspective.
'cold/mess' explores the deeper truths of shared human experience via the varying stages of love in all its ecstasy and agony. Ranging from heartbreakingly sparse to tenaciously resolute, each track is accompanied by its own unique artwork in a series of stunning photographs that feeds into - and off of - the music. "Relationships can be very dichotomous," says Kuhad. "They can be comforting and amazing and chaotic and suffocating all at once, and I wanted these songs to capture those extremes. Every song has a color to me - I wanted each track to have its own visual identity so that the images and the music could all combine to tell the story of this collection. They all work together to tell a bigger story about love, heartache, angst, and conflict."
As the latest release to come out of AO, an artist development program from Indian music streaming company Saavn, the EP will be marketed and distributed globally.
Prateek Kuhad will return to the US later this summer for a string of headline tour dates, see full routing below. Tickets are available here: www.prateekkuhad.com
PRATEEK KUHAD TOUR DATES:
August 28 - San Francisco @ The Hotel Utah
August 30 - Los Angeles @ Hotel Café
4 - Chicago
@ The Hideout
6 - NYC @ The Loft at City Winery
About Saavn - Founded in 2007, Saavn is one of South Asia's leading digital music streaming services, transforming how people around the world access and experience music on a daily basis. In March 2018, Saavn merged with Reliance backed JioMusic to form a billion dollar streaming entity.
Saavn is currently accessed across the globe and offers 36 Million tracks in 15 languages. The company has 900+ label partnerships and growing, including Universal, Sony, T-Series, Tips, YRF, Saregama, Eros and Warner Music. Investors include Tiger Global Management, Liberty
Media, Bertelsmann, Steadview Capital, Quilvest, Mousse Partners, Wellington Capital Management, William Morris Endeavor and a number of strategic individuals, including former Vodafone CEO, Arun Sarin, and, Guy Oseary, Chairman of Maverick
and manager of global artists including Madonna
In 2016, Saavn expanded its content offering into Saavn Original Programming, a slate of original, non-music audio programs that range from Bollywood to comedy and storytelling to cricket. In early 2017, Saavn introduced Artist Originals, an original music program releasing and marketing tracks and albums by South Asian artists, songwriters and producers from around the world. With its headquarters in New York, Saavn also runs offices in Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore and California. For more information, visit www.saavn.com/corporate