Week 31: Lindsay Kupser’s Boston EP

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Once in a while, a record comes out of the Berklee Community that stands out, a record so strong that it cannot be ignored. This week we’ll be looking at Berklee’s own Lindsay Kupser and her debut record, The Boston EP. In this six-track EP, Lindsay fuses many musical influences, using elements of jazz, gospel, pop, singer/songwriter, and R&B to create a unique and cohesive sound all her own.

The record opens with “6 Weeks,” a song about a hastily rushed relationship. With a solid back beat and contemplative harmony, this quirky jazz/pop track is an appropriate introduction to the record. Lindsay’s unique voice carries the flow of the story through the song as if the listener is being spoken to directly. The next song, “It Hurts,” begins with a swirling finger-picked guitar line. The song is as beautiful as its message; piano, guitar, and vocals weave in and out of a melancholy story bolstered by strong lyrics.

“Across The Sea” is a hopeful song that features old-school gospel and blues influences blended with Lindsay’s pop sensibilities. The story follows the narrator around Europe on a trip of self-discovery and adventure. A steady groove and repetitive chord progression carries the tune through to the end, building momentum along the way. This track, as one of the more accessible tunes on the record, seems to be the glue that brings the whole EP together. “If Only” takes the record into a more dreamlike state, featuring swirling piano lines, a circular groove, and a haunting harmony throughout. This track is followed by the funkiest track on the EP, “Why Can’t We (Just Admit)?”. The song starts with a solid Fender Rhodes groove, setting up a minor blues/funk style for the track. Featuring only solo voice and piano, “Why Can’t We (Just Admit)?” is an interesting listen; the rhythm section never joins in the tune, defying the listener’s expectation.

The Boston EP ends with “Children Teaching Children,” certainly the most experimental track on the EP. A blend of piano, guitar, drums, strings, and other elements creates a unique atmosphere for the conclusion of a wonderful debut release. The use of acute melodies and phrasing over the lyric only adds to the unstable nature of the story being told.

Find The Boston EP at the link at the top of the page!

ALBUM CREDITS

6 Weeks
Vocals, acoustic guitar – Lindsay Kupser
Piano – Alec Watson
Bass – Brittany Karlson
Drums – Matt Raphaelian

It Hurts
Vocals, acoustic guitar – Lindsay Kupser
Piano, Whirlitzer, organ, bridge reharms – Alec Watson
Bass – Brittany Karlson
Drums – Matt Raphaelian
Banjo – Allison de Groot

Across the Sea
Vocals, acoustic guitar – Lindsay Kupser
Piano, Whirlitzer, organ, bridge reharms – Alec Watson
Bass – Brittany Karlson
Drums – Matt Raphaelian

Why Can’t We (Just Admit)?
Vocals – Lindsay Kupser
Fender Rhodes – Alec Watson

If Only
Vocals – Lindsay Kupser
Piano – Alec Watson
Bass – Brittany Karlson
Drums – Matt Raphaelian
Violin – Jenna Moynihan
Cello – Ro Rowan

Children Teaching Children
Vocals – Lindsay Kupser
Piano, piano strings, foot stomps – Alec Watson
Bass – Brittany Karlson
Drums – Charles Van Kirk

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          February 10, 2018