It’s absolutely gorgeous out and it has me wanting to just sit outside with lemonade and some tunes so it’s time to break out my little portable cassette player and sit down with some of the cassette submissions that have been piling up on my desk. Let’s start with ‘Whoever Gets You In The End’ from Tuft!

“Boogerwall” kicks this EP off in a very slow and steady way. I found myself staring at the cover of this release as this beautiful track got the journey started and realized that I saw this album going one of two ways. There is a sense of chaos in the cover art but also a sense of simplicity. Although I think my perpetual tiredness was wanting the more chaotic side of things, the minimalistic approach to this opening track was hitting me in just the right spot. The vocals are soft and sweet while bringing an undeniable sense of energy and passion to the forefront while the instrumentation holds it up on the back end. The way this quick first track flows into “Louise” is genius. Honestly, I didn’t even catch the switch at first but, when I caught on and rewound the tape a bit to catch the transition (or lack thereof), I was definitely impressed. “Louise” is another soft and sweet track with an undeniable sense of tenderness. That tenderness could absolutely be felt in “Boogerwall” as well but there’s just something a bit more emotional about how it hits during this second song.

The third track on this release, “Steel Trap”, changes things up a bit a brings more of a garage-rock vibe to the EP in a perfect way. Although there’s a bit more of an edge to this track, the vocals keep it feeling very sweet. I loved the contrast between the vocals and the almost surf-garage-rock-styled instrumentation. Listening to this track on a grainy cassette player was just the icing on the cake. I feel like it really just pushed the almost retro feeling of this song over the edge and took it to a beautiful place. “Steel Trap” was instantly a favorite track of mine due to all of this and just the overall lyrical content of the track. Obviously, I’m not going to give everything about this song away and you just have to hear it for yourself but, make sure to pay close attention! Everything about this song is flawless.

Things slow back down for “Rachel” while keeping a bit of the edge that Tuft gives you in “Steel Trap”. The vocals go back to the soft and sweet from the first two tracks but the instrumentation has a bit more of that aggressiveness that it had in “Steel Trap”. Again, the juxtaposition of these two styles works so well but what really makes this track genius is the almost bedroom style of it. I don’t know how else to explain it but, when listening to this song, I imagined someone just sitting on the edge of their bed strumming away on a guitar while softly singing over it all. This song can either be a super optimistic or sad one depending on your mood and I will always be a sucker for songs that can be so adaptive like that.

The title track, “Whoever Gets You in the End” closes out this EP in the same soft and sweet style as it started. although under three minutes long like the other four tracks, this final piece of art closes out the release with a gorgeous sense of power and emotion that makes it impossible to get Tuft’s sound and overall style out of your head.

All in all, Tuft’s ‘Whoever Gets You in the End’ is a gorgeous showing of pure talent, passion, and emotion. It’s slow and steady, tender and soft, but keeps you hooked until the very end. Absolutely gorgeous. End of story.

My Favorite Track(s): “Steel Trap”

For Fans Of: Soft and sweet tunes that are low-key bops

Mosh-ability: 2 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie stared at me from inside; Autumn sat by the door

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 7.2 out of 10

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