Chelsea Cutler is redefining the female indie pop artist. The 20-year-old singer, songwriter, producer represents a new generation of women who are taking control of their artistry and dispelling the myth women aren’t or can’t be producers. Earlier this year Chelsea released “Your Shirt,” the first single off her fully self-written and self-produced debut Snow In October EP. The track is a bashful confessional anchored on youthful tropes of unrequited love and romantic insecurity and to date has garnered over 20 million Spotify streams.
Chelsea quickly followed up “Your Shirt” with equally glittering singles “Sixteen” and You Make Me, putting her penchant for writing can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head lovelorn lyrics on display.
Today she rounds out the set with the release of a trifecta of additional unreleased cuts, from the youthful ode to prescription drug abuse “Scripts,” anchored on the hands-in-the-air singalong hook “I need something else to abuse, you were my drug,” to the stark “Giving Up Ground,” where she trades verses w/ indie pop newcomer Quinn XCII. As a collection, Chelsea’s EP is a coming of age story of love, separation, and personal growth.
The title track comes through as the true standout – featuring downcast acoustic guitar and a dizzying wash of vocal samples, the budding star touches on struggles with mental health issues. “It snowed in October, when I wanted rain,” she coos before relenting, “I don’t think I’m changing but I don’t feel a thing, and all of my pieces, that I gave away, I’m burning my body, so I can stay warm.”