Family Entertainer SaulPaul Takes Top Honors In Phil’s Picks’ List Of 2021’s Top New EPs

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It’s hard to believe but 2021 is officially only four weeks from its big finale.  One can only hope that moving forward from here into 2022, that sooner rather than later, we’ll finally be rid of this COVID-19 crap and life can finally go back to what it was.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, this critic has checked over his calendar for the year’s waning weeks, and surprisingly, there are no more new EPs to go through for the year.  That means it is finally time to start in on this year’s “best of” year-ender lists.  Of course, as in every year past, the very first of those lists comes in the form of the smallest of the music releases noted.

This year’s list of new EPs features new releases from at least one relatively well-known figure and a number of others who are either up-and-coming or semi-established.  They run the gamut from family music to pop to rock and metal to even some southern rock/country.  These lists are never easy to finalize because even among the EPs there is so much to appreciate musically and lyrically.  That was taken into full consideration with this list, too.  Those who have followed this critic’s ramblings for years on end, know how the lists work.  For everyone else, they work as such:  Instead of just 10 new offerings, this list is composed of 15 titles.  The top 10 are the best of the best while the following five are honorable mention titles.  This is not a stab at those releases or the acts that released them, either.  Far from it.  The whole purpose is to give those extras their due credit, too.

So without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks Top 10 New EPs of 2021.

PHIL’S PICKS 2021 TOP 10 NEW EPS

  1. SaulPaul – OK To Be Different
  2. Gabriel & The Apocalypse – Alpha Transcendence
  3. Decent Criminal – Decent Criminal
  4. The Mercy Kills – New Rule
  5. Dirkschneider & The Old Gang – Arising
  6. Repentance – Volume 1Reborn
  7. All Hail The Yeti – Within The Hollow Earth
  8. Kulick – Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse
  9. Blue Eyed Christ – World on Fire Remixes
  10. Zero Theorum – The Killing II
  11. Sydney Sherwood – Headspace
  12. Christopher Shayne – Ten High
  13. 20 Watt Tombstone – Year of the Jackalope
  14. Post Death Soundtrack – Pathless Land
  15. Black TarPoon – The Thad

That’s it for this year’s top new EPs.  Thanks goes out to all of the firms that sent out this great music and so much more.  No offense is meant to any act left out.  For instance  Of Mice & Men released a trio of new EPs this year, but they ended up as the new album, Echo, so that album is up for consideration among this critic’s top new hard rock/metal albums of the year.  Even more year-enders are on their way as the last days of the year start to wind down, so stay tuned!

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Kulick Debuts ‘Time To Go’ Video

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick kicked off the weekend with the debut of the video for his latest single.

Kulick premiered the video for his new single, ‘Time To Go‘ Friday. The video’s debut comes a week after Kulick debuted the song by itself. The song is the lead single from Kulick’s forthcoming EP, Everyone I Know Will Die, whose release date is under consideration.

The video for ‘Time To Go’ features what is meant to represent Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) looking back on his teen and wondering, “What If…” while also looking forward, understanding and accepting his mortality.

Kulick talked about the video’s treatment and how it connects to the song’s lyrical theme in comments made in a prepared statement.

“This music video is by far one of my favorite music videos that I’ve ever done because I was able to tell my story and have a crew of really talented people execute it,” the statement reads. “I always wanted to have a younger version of myself in a video, and Aiden Cullen was absolutely perfect for the role, and an incredible person. Spencer Sease, the director, really took my idea and made it 100x better than I could have imagined.”

The statement continues, “The feeling of my teenage years and the nostalgia is so present in this video, and that was the most important thing to me. It portrays what my childhood would have been like, only if I grew up in California, which is a cool mind bending concept to watch play out while also listening to my very personal and autobiographical lyrics. ‘Time to Go’ is specifically about my own mortality, my upbringing, how I used to live life, and realizing how much control I have over my attitude and perspective on life. I really do love life and I don’t think I’ll ever be ready when it’s time to go.”

The musical arrangement featured in the new single is an upbeat, pop punk style composition. Its energy and the mood is interesting in that it helps to establish the mood in the song’s lyrical theme.

In other news, Kulick is scheduled to join The Spill Canvas on the road this fall. Tickets are available here. The tour’s dates are noted below.

Tour Dates

w/ The Spill Canvas

4-Nov Hamden, CT Space Ballroom Tickets

5-Nov Harrisburg, PA HMAC (Small Room) Tickets

6-Nov Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall Tickets

7-Nov Albany, NY Empire Underground Tickets

9-Nov Providence, RI Alchemy Tickets

11-Nov Portland, ME Aura Tickets

12-Nov Amityville, NY AMH Tickets

13-Nov Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents Tickets

14-Nov Easton, PA One Centre Square Tickets

16-Nov Richmond, VA Canal Club Tickets

17-Nov Charlotte, NC Amos Southend Tickets

18-Nov Nashville, TN The End Tickets

19-Nov Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theater Tickets

20-Nov Grand Rapids, MI The Stache Tickets

21-Nov Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig Tickets

Kulick released his most recent record, Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse. The EP was released early this year. It is the companion piece to Kulick’s album, Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood, which was released last year.

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

Websitehttps://kulickofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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Kulick Debuts New EP’s Lead Single; Announces New Live Dates With The Spill Canvas

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick will release his next record this fall.

The release date for the new EP, Everyone I Know Will Die is under consideration. In anticipation of its release, Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘Time To Go‘ Friday.

The musical arrangement featured in the new single is an upbeat, pop punk style composition. Its energy and the mood is interesting in that it helps to establish the mood in the song’s lyrical theme.

Kulick talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“‘Time to Go’ is specifically about my own mortality, my upbringing, how I used to live life, and realizing how much control I have over my attitude and perspective on life. I really do love life and I don’t think I’ll ever be ready when it’s time to go.”

Additionally, Kulick talked about his new EP in the noted statement.

“This EP Everyone I Know Will Die has been a long time coming,” he said. “I have struggled with the idea of death and mortality my entire life, and continue to do so. This year, I was forced to face it head-on when I became the caretaker of a loved one as they began to and continues to battle a series of health issues. Life changed very drastically and as I started to process that, these songs emerged.”

Added Kulick, “I felt a familiar angst and anger that I had when I first experienced these thoughts and emotions while growing up, and wanted it to sonically tell that story as well. The overall theme of the EP is about growing up, getting through difficult times, and accepting your own timeline and what life hands you.”

In other news, Kulick is scheduled to join The Spill Canvas on the road this fall. Tickets are available here. The tour’s dates are noted below.

Tour Dates

w/ The Spill Canvas

4-Nov Hamden, CT Space Ballroom Tickets

5-Nov Harrisburg, PA HMAC (Small Room) Tickets

6-Nov Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall Tickets

7-Nov Albany, NY Empire Underground Tickets

9-Nov Providence, RI Alchemy Tickets

11-Nov Portland, ME Aura Tickets

12-Nov Amityville, NY AMH Tickets

13-Nov Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents Tickets

14-Nov Easton, PA One Centre Square Tickets

16-Nov Richmond, VA Canal Club Tickets

17-Nov Charlotte, NC Amos Southend Tickets

18-Nov Nashville, TN The End Tickets

19-Nov Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theater Tickets

20-Nov Grand Rapids, MI The Stache Tickets

21-Nov Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig Tickets

Kulick released his most recent record, Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse. The EP was released early this year. It is the companion piece to Kulick’s album, Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood, which was released last year.

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

Websitehttps://kulickofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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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

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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Kulick Announces Release Date, Specs For New EP; Debuts EP’s Lead Single

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick will close out the month of April with a new EP.

Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) is scheduled to release his new EP, Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse April 30 through ENCI Records. In anticipation of the EP’s release Kulick debuted the acoustic take of his song, ‘Just Be Friends‘ Friday along with its companion video. The video premiered through American Songwriter.

Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse is a five-song record that features acoustic takes of songs featured in Kulick’s 2020 album, Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood. The album is available to stream here.

Kulick shared his thoughts on the forthcoming EP in a prepared statement.

“I have always felt the strongest with songs in their acoustic form,” he said. “I used multiple acoustics in the recording process, including Taylors, Martins, and the new Fender Acoustasonic. Re-recording these songs with more of a “coffeehouse” vibe (hence the name “Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse”) made me remember what it was like when I first learned the acoustic guitar and when I first recorded these songs. It made me feel a bittersweet nostalgia in both cases. It also made me realize how sad some of these songs actually are when you take away all of the production. Overall, I hope it gives fans, both new and old, some KULICK songs that are more “chill” than normal, but still organic and authentic.”

The original take of ‘Just Be Friends’ is featured in Kulick’s 2020 album, Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood. He premiered a semi-live take on the original song in February. Kulick debuted the original version of the song in October.

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.

The track listing for Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse is noted below.

Track Listing:

1 Crawling

2 Just Be Friends

3 Waiting for You

4 The Way I Am

5 Talking to the Ceiling

The Way I Am‘ and ‘Talking to the Ceiling‘ were also singles from Yelling in a Quiet Town. Kulick debuted a semi-live clip of ‘The Way I Am’ in January.

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

Websitehttps://kulickofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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Kulick Debuts Updated Take On 2017 Single, ‘H’

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick debuted a re-worked version of his song ‘H‘ Friday.

Originally released in 2017, the song is based on a poem written by an acquaintance of Kulick’s (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) named Alexandria Sienkiewicz. Sienkiewicz wrote the poem in 2016 at the age of 23 as she battled an addiction to heroin.

Sienkiewicz died in April 2016 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl as she battled her addiction. The young woman’s mother asked Kulick to turn her daughter’s poem into the original song.

Sienkiewicz’s mother offered the following comment in regards to the anniversary of her daughter’s passing and the updated take of ‘H.’

“Five years ago we lost our daughter Alexandria which feels like yesterday,” she said. “The realization of knowing the last time we spoke to her, and said “I love you” was five years ago is heart-breaking. We were so uneducated looking back on substance use disorder and embarrassed to ask five years ago, but we are happy with the changes we helped to make. By bringing substance use disorder out of the darkness and into the light has helped so many people save themselves. Our hope is that Alex’s words and Kulick’s music inspires more individuals to reach out for help and more parents to get educated in this matter of alcohol and drugs, that is what our daughter wanted.”

Kulick expanded on her comments.

“We wanted to make a better version of the song and release it on all platforms instead of only YouTube so that it could reach more people going through a similar situation,” he said. I wanted to share the message of love and support instead of the stigma that is associated with ‘drug addicts.’

I wanted to give Alexandria’s poem about her struggle with addiction a voice,” he added. “This is a story about heroin first and foremost, but anyone who has ever felt depression, anxiety, addiction, experienced negative self-talk, or internal struggle will be able to feel the power of Alexandria’s words.’

The variances in the two renditions of the song are subtle. A close listen to the song that the song’s climax is more reserved in its new rendition than in the original, for instance.

More information on Kulick’s new single, video and album is available along with of all his latest news at:

Websitehttps://kulickofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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Kulick Debuts Semi-Live ‘Just Be Friends’ Clip

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick unveiled a new video for his single ‘Just Be Friends‘ this week.

Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) debuted the semi-live performance Monday. The performance is the second in his “Live: At Home” sessions series. He debuted a semi-live performance of ‘The Way I Am‘ last month. ‘Just Be Friends’ and ‘The Way I Am’ are both featured in Kulick’s 2020 album Yelling in a Quiet Nieghborhood.

Kulick had the following to say of the new clip, “Self-filmed, recorded, mixed, and edited. I wanted to film something that feels like a live show until we are back on the road with the whole band. I’m excited to share it with you.”

Along with ‘Just Be Friends’ and ‘The Way I Am,’ Yelling in a Quiet Neighbhorhood has also produced the singles ‘Talking to the Ceiling‘ and ‘Rope.’

More information on Kulick’s new single, video and album is available along with of all his latest news at:

Websitehttps://kulickofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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Kulick Debuts ‘The Way I Am’ “Live” Clip

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick unveiled a new video for his single ‘The Way I Am‘ this week.

Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) unveiled the live clip Wednesday. Kulick debuted the single’s original video in October. The song is featured in Kulick’s 2020 album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood, which was released last year through ENCI Records. The album is available to stream here.

The information provided about Kulick’s new live clip for ‘The Way I Am’ does not note when and where the clip was recorded. Nor is the information noted with the clip itself. The look of the video would seem to hint that the video was recorded through a livestream type performance.

‘The Way I Am’ is the third single from Yelling in a Quiet Neighrbhood. Kulick debuted the album’s fourth and latest single ‘Just Be Friends‘ Oct. 19. The album has also produced the singles ‘Talking to the Ceiling‘ and ‘Rope.’

More information on Julick’s new single, video and album is available along with of all his latest news at:

Websitehttp://kulickofficial.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kulickofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kulickofficial

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Up-And-Coming Pop/R&B Singer Shines In Phil’s Picks 2020 Top New Independent Albums List

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The independent music community is the backbone of the music business in whole.  Today’s struggling, independent act is tomorrow’s mainstream star.  Every major superstar act that travels the world today and has legions around the globe was at one time independent.  To that end, independent albums deserve just as much attention from critics as their more well-known counterparts.  That is why this critic continues presenting a list of the year’s best new independent albums each year, this year being no exception to that rule.

This year’s list features albums from a wide range of musical genres.  There’s some country/bluegrass.  There’s pop, there’s rock and even some neo-folk/Americana.  Topping this year’s list is up-and-coming pop/R&B singer Jessie Wagner and her debut album Shoes Droppin’.  Independent southern rock band Faith & Scars is also featured in this year’s list, which includes albums not just from unsigned bands, but from those signed to independent labels, too.  Pop rock act Kulick is even in this year’s list with his new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.

As with every past year’s list, this year’s list features the Top 10 albums and give honorable mentions for a total of 15 albums.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Independent albums. 

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

  1. Jessie Wagner – Shoes Droppin’
  2. Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves – Sun Via
  3. Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere
  4. Discrepancies – The Rise
  5. Kulick – Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood
  6. The Devonns – The Devonns
  7. Kurt Baker – After Party
  8. The Tibbs – Another Shot Fired
  9. Faith & Scars – Revolver
  10. Jack The Radio – Creatures
  11. Soraia – Dig Your Roots
  12. Wyldlife – Year of the Snake
  13. Julien K – Harmonic Disruptor
  14. Gab De La Vega – Between Space and Time
  15. Record Thieves  — Wasting Time

Next up from Phil’s Picks is the list of this year’s top new Family Music albums.  Stay tuned for that.

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Kulick’s New LP Could Make Plenty Of Noise, Provided The Right Support

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Independent singer-songwriter Kulick (a.k.a. Jacob Kulick) is scheduled to release his new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood Friday through ENCI Records.  The 29-minute record has already produced three singles leading up to its release, the most recent of which – ‘The Way I Am’ – was released Wednesday.  That song and its predecessors — ‘Talking to the Ceiling’ and ‘Rope’ – have already done plenty to build excitement for the record.  They are but a portion of what makes the album interesting.  ‘Crawling,’ which opens the album is another clear example of what makes the record so appealing.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘The Way I Am,’ the album’s latest single, is another way in which Kulick’s new album shines.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Monster,’ the album’s midpoint (for all intents and purposes), is yet another way in which Kulick’s new album proves itself so worth hearing.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, including its other two singles and the rest of its body, the whole proves to be a record that given the right support, will certainly make plenty of noise.

Kulick’s new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is an interesting work that is deserving of being heard and receiving support.  All three of the singles that it has produced prove that well within themselves.  They are not the record’s only standout songs.  Its opener, ‘Crawling’ is another way in which it shows its appeal.  That is due in pat to its musical arrangement.  Right from its subtle opening bars and into its body, the song’s arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from Imagine Dragons.  That is evident through the use of the steady, almost ethereal drums and precise yet controlled vocals and keyboards.  The subtlety in the guitar line adds even more punch to the arrangement, even as – again – subtle as it is.  The whole of the noted elements makes the song’s musical arrangement a strong start for this record.  The power in the song’s musical arrangement serves well as an accompaniment for the work’s lyrical content, which comes across as a work that centers on the familiar topic of a broken relationship.

The noted seeming lyrical theme presented in ‘Crawling is inferred as Kulick  sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve never felt so desperate/Never felt so tired and down/I feel this tightness in my chest/It’s putting tension on my bones/Every night I ask these questions/If I leave/where will I go/Never felt so tired and desperate/The sensation’s all I know/If I knew what was best for me/Don’t you think that’s what I’d do/Every time I leave, I fall to my knees/Turn around/Keep on crawling back to you.”  This verse makes relatively clear, the noted theme.  This is someone who is at a turning point in the relationship.  It is someone who is near the relationship’s end, but does not know what to do.  It is a situation to which so many listeners can relate.  The seeming statement is made even clearer in the song’s second verse, whose lyrics are slightly more difficult to decipher without a lyrics sheet.  However, it is still evident as the subject states, “I feel you keep poisoning my system” and that “I couldn’t be so condescending/So full of empty promises” before returning to the song’s chorus in which the noted statement is made that, “If I knew what was best for me/Don’t you think that’s what I’d do.”  Once again, even with some of the lyrics being indecipherable in the song’s second verse, enough is understandable along with everything in the song’s lead verse, to know that this is another song centered on a personal relationship and its difficulties.  That accessible lyrical content and infectious musical arrangement come together to make the song unquestionably another key addition to Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.  It is just one more of the album’s strongest entries, too.  The record’s most recent single, ‘The Way I Am’ is another important song to note.

As with the album’s opener, ‘The Way I Am’ boasts a comparison to works from Imagine Dragons.  Stylistically speaking, the songs’ arrangements take a similar approach.  What is important to note here is that the actual sound produced in the two songs is different from one to the other.  It is another work that will fir easily into any Top 40 Pop/rock radio programmer’s play list what with the use of the guitars, drums and vocals.  The tension in the song’s arrangement partners well with its lyrical content, which Kulick himself said in a recent interview is “one of the darker, more personal, and introspective songs on the new record.”  While Kulick never comes out in his statement and points out the lyrical theme, that note and the use of the home video footage in the song’s companion video seems to point to perhaps him trying to deal emotionally with his upbringing.

Kulick sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m fighting with myself as much as we have been/I know you hurt from it/But words need to be said/I’ve come to terms with it/but how much is pretend?/Until you see I’m not the person/You’ve been with/I found another you/Found another/have you found another me yet?/I’ve had enough of you/had enough of you/Have you had enough of me yet?/And I don’t wanna move/I don’t wanna move/Wanna stop time/Freeze it/In the past/Where you are/All alone.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’m hiding from myself/As often as I can/I’m tired of running from the person that I’ve been/Don’t’ wanna talk about it/Nothing comes from this/I’m so uncomfortable/I’m crawling in my skin/I found another you/Found another you/Have you found another me yet?/I’ve had enough of you/had enough of you/Have you had enough of me yet?/And I don’t wanna move/I don’t wanna move/Wanna stop time/Freeze it/In the past where you are/All alone.”  From there Kulick turns even more introspective in the chorus, in which he sings about being tired of being a certain way, and telling another person not to feel sorry for him because he is just the way he is.  In other words, he has come to terms with who and what he is (seemingly) even despite a lot of apparent negative emotion throughout his young life.  It makes for an interesting presentation that is certain to generate its own share of discussion among listeners.  When it is considered with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements come together to make the song that much more impacting.  Keeping that in mind, it joins with the album’s opener and other two singles to show even more clearly why Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is such an appealing album.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable works.  ‘Monster’ is one more notable addition to the album.

‘Monster’ trades in the Imagine Dragons comparison for something much more pop-oriented and minimalist in its musical arrangement.  It is grounded in Kulick’s singing and guitar work.  The mournful sound of Kulick’s vocals and the occasional layering of his singing helps in the arrangement’s efforts to translate the emotion presented in the song’s lyrical theme, which itself focuses on a broken relationship once again. 

The topic of a broken relationship is crystal clear in ‘Monster’ right from its outset as Kulick sings in the song’s lead verse, “I know the feeling/Awake and alone/When I was there tonight/And I wasn’t home/Made up your reasons/Made up my own/Betrayed the only thing I’ve ever known/Always a cheater/Can’t deny/I need to leave her/Dim the lights/So I couldn’t see her/To the end of time/It’s what I said/It’s not the only lie I put in her head/So I kill the lights/And try to forget/I am a monster/I put those demons in her head/An imposter/Will you see he’s just pretend/I lost her/I miss my side of the bed/I’m still tangled in the threads/Till I move on to the next/I’m a monster in your bed.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “And I know the feeling/Afraid and cold/Daylight, you want to hide away from it all/Just to find your reasons/Just to find my own/But it’s too late/I need the change/And I gotta go home/Once a liar/Always a cheater/Can’t deny/That I need to leave her/Dim the lights/So I couldn’t see her/Til the end of time/That’s what I said/It’s not the only lie/I put in her head/So I kill the lights/And try to forget/I am a monster/I put those demons in your head/An imposter/Who you see is just pretend/I lost her/I miss my side of the bed/I’m still tangled in the threads/Til I move on to the next.”  Once again, audiences get a clear, vivid picture of a man who knows he has done wrong, and in this case is actually showing genuine remorse for what he has done.  It is a rare type of presentation, actually.  Usually such songs about cheating and breakups are presented from the female vantage point.  So to have such a topic presented from the male vantage point, and showing that the guy realizes he has done wrong, and actually shows remorse for his actions in such fashion is powerful in its own right.  To that end, that message and the song’s musical arrangement show clearly why it is yet another important addition to Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.  When this song is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s other songs and the rest of the record’s entries, the album in whole proves itself a record that deserves just as much support as anything from Kulick’s more well-known mainstream pop and pop rock counterparts.  It holds its own that well against the works from those artists.

Kulick’s new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is a positive new offering from the independent singer-songwriter.  Even clicking in at just 29 minutes, it packs a strong musical and lyrical punch.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content.  Each of the songs examined here serve well to support the noted statements.  Much the same can be said of the album’s singles and other songs not directly addressed here.  All things considered, the album proves itself just as enjoyable as anything offered by Kulick’s more well-known mainstream counterparts.  To that end, it is a record that, giving the right support, could make just as much noise as those records.  Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood is scheduled for release Friday through ENCI Records.

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