Prawn – “Rooftops”

Last month, Prawn shared “North Lynx,” the first single from their new album, Run, the follow-up to 2014’s Kingfisher. Today, the New Jersey group are back with the album’s second single, a spirited cut called “Rooftops” about forgoing the stressors of a city for something more tranquil. Here’s how the band’s Tony Clark puts it in a statement:

‘Rooftops” is a song about living in a place where you don’t necessarily like, but feel compelled to live in. I’ve learned over the last few years that city living isn’t the life for me. That’s not to say I haven’t had wonderful experiences and relationships blossom living there. “Rooftops” is the dichotomy between living in a place that makes you uncomfortable, while at the same time forming relations that fulfill you.

And as “Rooftops” careens from the two extremes of feeling incredibly constrained to luxuriating in more open spaces, Clark and co. get in some good digs about how the city can shape our attitudes: “I’d rather grow old on the sea than wither on the L/ I’d rather play my piecemeal music than mimic a charlatan,” all leading up to a powerful conclusion about the claustrophobia of constant contact: “We’re separate but the same/ I can’t distinguish us.” Listen to “Rooftops” via Billboard below.

Run is out 9/22 via Topshelf Records.

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