Kulick’s New EP Is A Welcome Companion Piece To His Latest LP

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick’s latest album, Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is getting new life of sorts.  Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) re-visited the record in his new EP, Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse.The five-song collection was released Friday through ENCI Records features stripped down, acoustic takes of five songs from the album, three of which are singles produced from the record.  One of those singles, ‘Just Be Friends,’ was released last month in its acoustic take as a representation of what audiences can expect from the EP.  It will be discussed shortly.  While not one of the album’s singles, ‘Crawling’ – another song featured in the album and EP – is also notable.  It will be discussed a little later.  Kulick’s stripped down take of ‘The Way I Am’ is one more example of what makes his new EP stand out among this year’s field of new EPs.  When these songs and the record’s two remaining works, the whole makes Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse a positive companion piece to Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.

Kulick’s new EP, Sitting in a Quiet Neighborhood is an overall enjoyable new presentation from the up-and-coming independent singer-songwriter.  Given, it is hardly the first time that any act has taken previously recorded songs and re-recorded them in acoustic takes.  That aside, it does not detract from the recording’s appeal.  The acoustic take of ‘Just Be Friends,’ which was released last month as one of the EP’s singles, serves well to show what makes the EP entertaining and engaging.  The acoustic take of ‘Just Be Friends’ gives the song a new identity with its gentle approach. It is not the more fiery version that the original proves to be. Rather, it exhibits much more vulnerability from the song’s subject.  That vulnerability takes the song and its fully accessible lyrical topic about a breakup in a whole new direction while still making it memorable.  It is just one of the works featured in this EP that serves to show what makes the record worth hearing.  ‘Crawling’ is another example of what makes Kulick’s new EP enjoyable.

Kulick’s acoustic take of ‘Crawling’ is even more stark in its difference from its full take than the acoustic take of ‘Just Be Friends’ from its source material.  The acoustic take of ‘Crawling’ gives the song and its lyrical theme more of a cynical sense in its stripped down approach than that presented in the original take.  That is made clear through the light, bluesy guitar arrangement and vocals.  The use of the strings and drums builds on that foundation, making the song seem even more like it is being presented by someone who has cynically accepted that the fault lies in himself despite knowing there is no point.  By comparison, the more fiery original take comes across more as someone who is pleading to the other party.  Considering all of this, the acoustic take of ‘Crawling’ proves to be just as engaging and entertaining as its full version.  To that end, it is just one more example of what makes Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse worth hearing.  The acoustic take of ‘The Way I Am’ is another example of what makes Kulick’s new EP worth hearing.

Kulick’s acoustic take of ‘The Way I Am’ is just as beautifully painful as its original take.  That is because it translates the song’s deeply moving lyrical theme just as well as the original take.  The lyrical theme in question centers on a subject who is dealing with a lot of inner emotional struggles caused by external factors.  The difference between the two takes comes in the mood set by each composition.  The mood set by the acoustic take is more vulnerable and sad.  It really is a painful presentation, but ironically so powerful because of that mood and mindset.  The original take by comparison exudes more anger alongside that sadness.  It is such a stark contrast but no less powerful.  It ultimately becomes yet another example of what makes Kulick’s EP such an interesting presentation.  When it is considered along with the other arrangements noted here and the record’s two remaining works, the whole becomes a solid companion piece to Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.

Kulick’s new EP, Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse is a presentation that his fans and pop rock fans alike will agree is well worth hearing.  That is proven through each of its five songs, which were lifted from his 2020 album, Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.  The songs feature arrangements that give the original songs a new identity in most cases.  Those new identities also evoke new meanings and emotions from the songs’ lyrical themes.  All three of the arrangements examined here serve well to support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the record’s two remaining works, the whole makes the record in whole a welcome companion piece to Yelling in a Quiet NeighborhoodSitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse is available now.

More information on Kulick’s new EP is available along with of all his latest news at:

Websitehttps://kulickofficial.com

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