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Track of the Day: Prawn – Why You Always Leave A Note

With a name like theirs, Prawn are always going to a band that’s hard to…

With a name like theirs, Prawn are always going to a band that’s hard to pin down. This is wonderfully – and cheekily – perpetuated by ‘Why You Always Leave A Note’. The track is their big statement off their split album with Chicago band, Joie De Vivre.

The 5-piece New Jersey guitar outfit have a plethora of weapons in their arsenal, which are eked out to their fullest measure on ‘Why You Always Leave A Note’. The opening portion of the track swells till bursting with Tony Clark’s half-yelled, half-sung vocals and a richly textured melody, all before shedding everything to morph into some indescribable and tenuous feeling: looping post-rock riffs rendered from sonically and temporally distant yearnings.  

Prawn have managed to create an expansive sound here that sheds their lo-fi guitar contemporaries’ idyllic tones, without sacrificing any of its brightness.  Perhaps then ‘nostalgia’ is not the right term; it’s far too real for that. But there’s something in the echoes of  ‘Why You Always Leave A Note’ that’s unshakable all the same.

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