On May 14, Australia’s Prudence—the project of Tom Crandles of dream pop group Au.Ra—will release new EP Untitled. The 7-inch release follows the group’s 2019 debut Tokyo, and last year’s single “Heart Sways,” and today Prudence shares new track “Better,” a hazy and haunting dirge rich in shimmering textures and intoxicating bass grooves. “Better” seems to balance a number of different influences, from ’90s-era shoegaze to ’80s-era goth rock and sophisti-pop—sounds you wouldn’t all expect to hear in the same song. But here they merge together gorgeously in a melancholy and hypnotic whole.
Prudence’s Tom Crandles says in a press release, “In the past couple of years I have taken an involuntary break from music and life in general. Obviously 2020 was one great collective struggle. I decided to print some music as motivation to help find my balance and connect again. This music is a reflection of my year in static.”
Check out Prudence’s “Better” below.
Prudence Untitled tracklist:
Preorder Prudence’s Untitled here.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.