VIDEO PREMIERE: PRATLEY “WOULDN’T”
Pratley is the cheerfully iconoclastic L.A. duo of James Watson and Sam Wilkes—recently spotted with a very well reviewed solo LP on Leaving—and their “Wouldn’t” is supremely and confidently discordant song that’s basically guitar, drums, synth and white-hot sizzling id. Like: here’s a riff, and here’s where they crack open their brains and pour out everything inside. Naturally, the video—ably directed by Watson, with additional cinematography from bandmate Wilkes and Roman Koval—is wildly and appropriately disorienting, with a camera swinging from distant moments of tranquility to blurry blown-out way-too-close-ups. (Yes, there’s a quiet part halfway through, but they’re just catching their breath.) As the band explains: “This song has always felt like it was ripping at the seams, so we wanted the video to feel the same way—we wanted to make a visual scream.” Pratley plays Fri., Oct. 19, at the Troubadour with Parcels—get tickets here!—and “Wouldn’t” is available on their self-titled full-length from last year.