– featured image courtesy of daniel dorsa –
susannah cutler has constructed an entire realm of sound around a foundation of potent, affecting lyrics. the building blocks that comprise the sonic architecture of cutler’s work as yours are the only ears feel less sparse than they do exhaustively sourced and meticulously placed, a curation of complementary timbres that accentuate the sheer weight of her lyrics.
ahead of the release of her debut album, knock hard, cutler has shared its third single, “fire in my eyes.” bucolic acoustic finger-pickings coexist with an ominous sub-bass synth line, an unsettling juxtaposition that functions as an analog to cutler’s vacillations about the song’s subject. her audience bears witness to all the hesitations that accompany a toxic relationship’s dissolution, culminating in the heartbreaking, repeated inquiry of “am i a good person?” it’s a tour de force of emotion, snippets of memories stitched together into an unforgettable, hypothetical narrative.
knock hard is due may 11th via the esteemed team love records. listen to the powerful “fire in my eyes” below.