I absolutely fell head over heels in love with Kulick when I reviewed his latest album ‘Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood’ so when I heard he had a new EP coming out that gives a new perspective on that album, I just couldn’t resist! Let’s go on this journey, ‘ Sitting in a Quiet Coffeehouse’ together, shall we?
A sense of warmth and comfort came over me as soon as “Crawling” started pumping through my speakers. Although it has been a while since I checked out Kulick’s last release, I instantly recognized his voice and his vibe. Definitely a bit more subdued than that fateful album that had me falling in love with this amazing musician, there’s still an undeniable sense of beauty in this opening track and, I suspect, the rest of this EP.
I feel like “Just Be Friends” was a super sensitive yet energetic track on ‘Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood’ so I was excited to see how Kulick would approach this track on this more subdued album. He honestly nailed it. I still got the raw emotion I got the first time I heard this track but now it came with this undeniable sense of passion and beauty. Kulick’s voice really shines in this more lo-fi version of “Just Be Friends” and I feel like the entire track just takes on a whole new mood. This is one of those songs that, even if you don’t know Kulick’s name, you know this track. I feel like it has popped up on a lot of playlists lately. Although the first version is great, this version is better and I hope it gets just as much if not more attention!
“Waiting For You” comes with an infectious beat that picks up the energy ever so slightly from “Just Be Friends”. I noted that the first version of this song had a very “singer-songwriter vibe” to it so it was so perfect to hear it be redone and reimagined on this more, well, singer-songwriter vibed release. I’ll be honest, I flew through this track because I was so anxious to get to “The Way I Am”. I loved this track the first time because I heard nods to some of those emo bands of years gone by so I was excited to see how that could translate into something more low-key. Honestly, with that in mind, this track lost just a little bit of its muster if you ask me but I think that’s just because I was such a sucker for those nods to nostalgia. Don’t get me wrong, this rendition of “The Way I Am” is beautiful but this is one where I just enjoyed the original so much more.
This quick, reimagined EP closes out with an absolutely stunning and beautiful version of “Talking to the Ceiling”. Although I felt this was a predictable choice as this was one of the calmer tracks on the previous album that would lend to this more coffeehouse-style the best, that doesn’t take away from the staggering amount of beauty that comes with everything about this closing track. Again, Kulick’s voice shines throughout this quick EP, but I feel like this final track really showcases the amazing range. I know the point of stripped-back songs is to showcase vocals but it doesn’t always happen that way. It absolutely happens that way with ‘Sitting In A Quiet Coffeehouse’.
This is a great and calming listen but I highly suggest you check out the original ‘Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood’ album first because it really just makes you appreciate the shift into this style and the amount of creativity, passion, and talent that it takes to do something like this.
My Favorite Track(s): “Talking to the Ceiling”
For Fans Of: Pure Beauty
Daydream-ability: 8 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 4 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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