Chelsea Cutler confirmed digital dance music’s quieter aspect in a efficiency at her sold-out live performance at Home of Blues in Boston on Thursday.
The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter carried out each Feb. 27 and 28 on the Home of Blues after kicking off her “How To Be Human” tour in Dallas earlier this yr.
Openers X Lovers and Alexander 23 placed on energizing, passionate performances earlier than Cutler got here on stage. X Lovers, a pop duo from Los Angeles, warmed up the gang earlier than Alexander 23 dominated the stage together with his slick guitar method and dance strikes that made the gang go wild.
Cutler donned a darkish, outsized band t-shirt, ripped mother denims and Nike high-tops together with her hair in a messy half-up fashion. Her “road fashion” and considerably unpolished outfit contrasted drastically together with her singing fashion, which is breathy with highly effective excessive tones.
“How To Be Human” is Cutler’s first solo album since signing with Republic Data in 2019. She informed the viewers she had been within the Home of Blues nearly two years earlier to open for Quinn XCII, which she stated was her second present ever.
In an interview with The Day by day Free Press, Cutler stated her tour with Quinn XCII and her first solo tour now have a type of cyclical nature.
“My second ever present that I performed in my complete life was opening for [Quinn XCII] at Home of Blues in Boston the place I’m headlining tonight,” Cutler stated. “For issues to return full circle like that’s actually particular.”
Cutler’s set record included a mixture of songs from each her previous releases and “How To Be Human.”
The present started with “Are You Listening,” a music from her newest album, adopted by “Love You Extra,” and “Chilly Showers” from “Sleeping With Roses II,” her 2018 mixtape.
Cutler proved that she is ready to obtain a extra sultry and different tone in “Chilly Showers.”
Cutler is greater than made up for this together with her electrifying stage presence and apparent ardour, however somebody who’s unfamiliar together with her music may need a troublesome time understanding her lyrics.
Arguably her most enjoyable music, “How To Be Human,” transfixed the gang with its mixture of high and low tones and regular beat.
The singer then adopted with one other music from her album, “What Would It Take.”
Cutler’s lyrics are inclined to observe the theme of feeling misplaced and uncertain on the planet, whether or not on account of a previous relationship or simply not understanding what to do with one’s life. She stated her songs are primarily based off of those experiences that she and most younger adults share.
“I undoubtedly do write from all private expertise and the album actually simply got here from a spot of feeling, like your early 20s are a really complicated, formative time,” Cutler stated. “So I simply wished to put in writing about how the previous yr and a half, two years have been for me.”
Cutler completed off her foremost set record with 5 songs from “How To Be Human,” together with “Crazier Issues,” “Strangers Once more,” “I Miss You,” “nj” and “Unhappy Tonight.”
It’s simple to understand Cutler’s songs as considerably one-dimensional, because the tone and magnificence of lots of them are comparable. But she workout routines her manufacturing expertise and musical capability by means of the extra digital features of the songs, like synthesized beats and notes.
Cutler stated she produced practically all the songs in her album herself. With the EDM style being extremely male-dominated, Cutler’s dedication and talent with music manufacturing is certainly admirable.
Cutler stated she values her position as a feminine producer within the music business.
“I feel it’s very distinctive that I produced 14 out of the 16 songs on the album,” Cutler stated. “I really feel very honored that I could be a form of pioneer in that space and might encourage different girls to do the identical factor, to get extra concerned within the manufacturing aspect.”
Cutler completed up her live performance with some solo songs, together with “you had been good to me,” a collaboration with Jeremy Zucker, and a few songs with the band, which included one in all her most well-known songs, “The Cause.” Alexander 23 joined her on stage for her second-to-last quantity, “Fortunate.” Cutler ended the live performance with a remix of her personal breakthrough music, “Your Shirt,” and a canopy of “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers.
The singer invited her band to the entrance of the stage to take a bow, the radiant smile on her drained face exhibiting her elation. Though her music is straightforward at instances, Cutler is a trailblazer in her style and actually represents a brand new, enigmatic era of younger singers and producers.