"glittering and punchy all at once"
— Consequence of Sound
"dreamy, coastal vibe"
"jazzy R&B song that overflows with lush synths"
"slinky dose of late-night funk-inspired R&B"
— Indie Shuffle
Today, PREP release “Pictures of You” off their highly anticipated full-length debut album out later this year. "Pictures of You" is the perfect summer pick-me-up. The groove features the band's unique combination of sounds (yacht rock x Japanese city pop) while lead singer Tom Havelock's honeyed vocals shine through the funky production.
Listen/share here: https://ffm.to/picturesofyou
Read more via American Songwriter: https://americansongwriter.com/prep-pictures-of-you-new-music/
“[The song is about] the person you keep thinking about but can’t be with, and the frustrations of trying to connect with them from a distance,” PREP's Tom Havelock says. “I think I was feeling the strain from a run of failed FaceTime attempts on underpowered wifi – all awkward stop-start interruptions and frozen chin shots. I didn’t want the ‘pictures’ to be too literal. It’s more about where your head keeps taking you. But there’s also some of that feeling in there of lying on a bed alone, zoning out while you scroll through photos on your phone.”
“Pictures of You” follows PREP’s "glittering and punchy all at once" (Consequence of Sound) start to 2020 with the release of “Love Breaks Down” and “Over” featuring Norwegian electro-pop singer/songwriter Anna of the North.
Listen to “Love Breaks Down” via Nylon: https://www.nylon.com/soundcheck-1-25-2019
Listen to “Over” via Consequence of Sound: https://consequenceofsound.net/2020/01/prep-over-anna-of-the-north-origins-stream/
PREP members are all in their respective homes during the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped them from recording a lockdown “rendition” of their hit “Cheapest Flight.”
Watch here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_UOC_UJvfi/
In 2015 the four members of PREP came together to cut deep grooves that mine contemporary R&B and electronica while hearkening back to the soft, sheer sound of the late ’70s and early ‘80s—what some listeners have retroactively dubbed yacht rock. The love for that style united vocalist-lyricist Tom Havelock, keyboardist Llywelyn Ap Myrddin, drummer Guillaume Jambel, and producer Dan Radclyffe. PREP is pop music that feels tip-of-the-tongue familiar even though you’ve never heard it before.
The freshness of fusing well-worn genre tunes with modern sounds is a product of the distinct backgrounds that make up the group. Llywelyn has a classical music education in composition and piano; Guillaume moonlights as a house producer and DJ; Dan produces hip-hop, and Tom works as a pen-for-hire songwriter in the pop music world. With widespread critical support and radio love from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, KCRW, and Beats1, the band is turning heads and bringing listeners to "a much-needed funk-fueled trip to a sun-filled beach,” according to The Line of Best Fit.
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