Prudence is the moniker for Tom Crandles of Au.Ra and it’s under this name that he’s making new wave bangers such as “Smile & Nod.” This track apparently began with an infectious bass line and flourished from there. You’ll immediately note said bass part upon first listen, as it provides the groovy undertone while the distorted, echoey vocals and jangly guitars play higher in the mix. Later on, you get some upbeat percussion and glittery synth sounds to round it all out into a tune for repeated listens. This track is taken from Prudence’s upcoming debut EP, Major Tom, which will be out on May 10 via Forged Artifacts.
It’s weird when you listen to a new artists and you immediately start to draw comparisons to other artists, which as a jerk like myself, I inevitably do…and have done with Prudence. On the surface, it’s a club number for those with inclinations towards the rehash of yacht rock extravagance from the 80s…just listen to those guitar notes. But, as the song continues to unfold and my ears get sucked deep into things…I sort of here the heart-on-the-sleeve openness that Tim Kasher shared on his early outings with The Good Life. There’s this natural fragility like someone baring their soul to you for the first time…it’s an earnestness but captivating. His debut Major Tom EP will be out on Forged Artifacts May 10th.