Prudence is the alter-ego of musician Tom Crandles – a man who is
certainly no stranger to the music business. Hailing from Sydney, Crandles has
spent the past few years as the touring bass player for Australian indie-rock heavyweights
DMA’s. And, prior to that, he was the sonic architect behind the band COLOURS
and one-half of the acclaimed synth-rock duo Au.Ra.
It’s been a long time
coming, but Crandles is now finally embracing the spotlight on his own terms.
Working under the moniker ‘Prudence’, the Australian musician released his
six-track debut EP Major Tom last year, a majestic, experimental
collection of songs that blurred the lines between post-punk, shoegaze and
dream-pop. And now, making the most of his time during lockdown, Crandles is
back with a terrific new single, ‘Heart Sways’, the first song he’s recorded
with a full band.
Initially conceived as a
low-key bedroom project, Prudence first took shape when Crandles was busy
touring with DMA’s. Constantly travelling, bouncing from continent to continent,
he began to treasure those rare moments of solitude in his hotel room – and,
eventually, started composing solo material. Describing his sound as “a natural disaster of dissonance and melody”, Crandles writes
music of big, bold ambition, which he neatly crams into dense, hooky pop songs. In the best tradition of psych/dream-pop/shoegaze,
Prudence are a perfect collision of sonic exploration and strong, bracing
Having recently grown into a full band project – with the addition of pianist Aleesha Dibbs, bassist Kat Harley and drummer Steve West – Prudence surely has the potential to become even more epic and expansive. We can’t wait to see where he goes next.
KEY TRACK: ‘Heart Sways’ – Crandles’ latest single, his first recorded with a full
band, this lush, reverb-soaked pop gem provides further proof that he’s taking
psychedelic music into gloriously unknown territory.
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