After the incredible reception of “you were good to me,” it’s no surprise that Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler have an undeniable energy that fans are naturally drawn to. The two charming musicians met in Connecticut years ago, and they recently returned to the east coast state to create their touching joint EP, brent, which beautifully showcases Zucker and Cutler’s stunning vocals alongside one another.
The five-track collection opens with their leading single, “you were good to me,” which explores a heart-wrenching break up that leaves both parties wrecked. With emotive pianos and sorrowful crooning from Zucker and Cutler, “you were good to me” is a flawless introduction to brent. Continuing with the theme of agonizing love, the iconic duo expresses confusion and desperation in the heated “please.” Layered with Cutler’s passionate vocals and delightful ukulele strumming, “please” details a faulty relationship that has been on the brink of falling apart for quite some time, but both of them are very much still attached to each other.
With only Cutler featured on this lovely track, “sometimes” reflects on the lingering feelings that follow the rocky relationship Zucker and Cutler likely narrated in “please.” The heartfelt pianos in this solo ballad perfectly complement Cutler’s recognizable voice. “hello old friend” is a more dynamic tune with gritty bass lines and heavier electronics while still delivering a sincere message about the value we place on the most intense experiences we’ve been through. The brent EP closes with a solo rendering from Zucker that sifts through more serious topics like death and loss. Although Zucker explains that fear has the ability to control us in the worst ways, “scared” sees Zucker slowly overcoming his anxieties by the end of the sorrowful tune.
On brent, Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler shared,
“One week in December, we drove out of NYC to a recording studio built in an old, converted carriage house in Connecticut. We slept on couches and air mattresses and wrote a bunch of songs. At the end of the week, we had ‘brent.’ That cabin held a certain kind of quiet–one punctuated with existential conversations, impromptu jam sessions, and early 2000s rom coms. Think of this project as a time capsule, a diary of the process that resulted in one of the most fulfilling musical journeys in either of our lives. These songs kept us warm in the deep snow of December. We hope they can do the same for you.”
Experience the fluctuating dynamic of relationships with brent below: