Buzzing pop-electronic artist Chelsea Cutler just released her fifteen track debut album How To Be Human – and it’s sticking on repeat for a long, long time.
Over the past two years, Chelsea Cutler has made a swift jump from bedroom pop artist to sitting on the cusp of full-fledged stardom, amassing a worldwide following through her solo EP series Sleeping With Roses and collaborations with Quinn XCII, Jeremy Zucker, and Kygo. Today, the twenty-two year old singer-songwriter takes her biggest jump yet with her debut full-length album, How To Be Human.
How To Be Human is the culmination of a year-plus effort, during which Chelsea’s life and career transformed beyond imagination. Partly through her fully sold out Fall 2018 North American tour, the idea for the project struck, as Chelsea explains,
“I was in a hotel room on tour last fall, my first headlining tour. I just remember that hook idea like ‘I don’t know how to be human‘. That was the phrase that was stuck in my head. I think it wasn’t anything more than me being an existential 21-year-old literally saying to myself, ‘this human thing is weird.’ So I wrote that song and it became the overarching theme of the album.”
Chelsea Cutler transforms the seemingly simple concept to span a bold and complex range of human emotions: the celebration of love, the destruction of heartbreak, and the confusion and clarity of everything in between.
How To Be Human
Fueled largely by her own genre-bending pop production and authoritative indie influence, How To Be Human strikes a balance between energetic outbursts and beautifully agonizing slow songs. Chelsea Cutler flexes her command as a pop artist without hesitation on the leading single “Sad Tonight“. “Strangers Again” follows, with Chelsea’s vocals weaving through a bumping bassline and bouncy percussion. On the self-produced “What Would It Take“, Chelsea builds the energy over the course of two minutes with some of her most addicting melodies yet before the track explodes with the drop.
“I Was In Heaven” takes a moving first dive into the raw emotion of How To Be Human. Chelsea’s cracking vocals cut deep with profound sadness on the track and again on “New Recording 28 – Lions“. She follows suit with the dramatic “nj“, which in her own words,
“[It] is my favorite song I’ve ever written in my entire life. I wrote that at like 4am in Europe on tour. Instrumentally and lyrically I’ve never made anything like it. I’ve never been more proud of something in my life.”-Chelsea Cutler
Listeners might not find picking a favorite quite as easy. “Are You Listening“, co-produced with Jonah Shai and renowned producer Scott Harris, has the singalong potential to be a breakout pop hit — and it’s far from the only one.
“The Human Condition” doubles down as one of the album’s most eccentric and upbeat tracks. Singles “You Are Losing Me” and “Lucky” with Alexander 23 righteously maintain their staying power after giving fans a delectable taste of the dynamism of How To Be Human.
How To Be Human Tour
Today’s release rounds out an impressive push from Chelsea Cutler and her team. Accompanying the release, Chelsea Cutler also delivered a stunning Drew Kirsch-directed visual for “Sad Tonight“. This February, Chelsea Cutler embarks on the How To Be Human World Tour with support from Alexander23. The tour kicks off with twenty-two North American dates before jumping off to Coachella and Europe thereafter. More information and tickets are available here.
Check out How To Be Human out now via Republic Records!