Lindsay Kupser is a Vancouver singer/songwriter with wistful melodies that are intriguingly abstract in essence. Her latest album Quiet Songs was released on March 14th and showcases her captivating musical abilities vocally and instrumentally. Her talent has been nicely polished by her education at Berklee College of #Music, which is where she graduated from. She studied jazz composition and performance, which I noticed has influenced the making of her album. While listening to Lindsay’s songs, I noticed the way she executes her singing in a somewhat jazzy and theatrical fashion, which attractively complements her cultured instrumentation. She can arguably be considered as the female version of John Mayer, with her soft-spoken voice and acoustic sounds.

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Vocal display

Lindsay has a very natural and delicate singing voice. She is not very pushy in how she executes notes as a soprano singer (at least that is what she sounds like to me). Her vocal production in the songs consists of high notes more than low notes. Her vocal abilities are a combination of airy, moody, and sober sounds. Her graceful voice produces sounds that are well-formed in a rather deliberate manner. Yet she does sound a little shaky in some songs, which sort of reminds me of how Taylor Swift sounds that way in some of her own songs. On the other hand, it doesn’t overpower how assertive her singing is through the album.

Favorite song for vocals: “Everything Feels So Hard Always”

Instrumentation

There is not a lot of varied instrumentation going on in any of the songs.

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Hence, there isn’t a wide array of instruments that contribute to the background music. What does stand out in her songs is the acoustic guitar-playing, although there appears to be some piano and percussion, too. It adds folksy and somewhat melancholic vibes to the songs and fits in well with her deep, lyrical style. The instrumentation has a calm yet intense impact through the album, which makes it appealing in a practical sense. I think it has the capacity to put listeners into a nostalgic frame of mind and reminisce about the sweet and even dark moments of the past.  

Favorite song for instrumentals: “It Is My Turn”

Lyrical essence

The most melodramatic aspect of the songs are the lyrics, which Lindsay presents in a straightforward approach. The lyrics seem to tell stories about trying to find oneself or one’s sense of belonging and purpose in life through common and simplistic situations of the human experience. A good example of that is the song “All of My Bones Broke on Thursday Evening.” The lyrics of that song are quite emotional and sad.

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Overall, the song lyrics are down-to-earth and sort of pick at little, superficial nuisances of life, like shopping for stuff we don’t need or being concerned with other people’s approval.

Favorite song for lyrics: “Couldn’t Move to Brooklyn”

Final Thoughts

I give Quiet Songs a rating of 7.5 out of 10. I appreciate how Lindsay manages to be very colorful in her plain songs. Although the songs have a sad aura, they are not too depressing to listen to. The harmonious and well-composed instrumentals help bring out some brightness in the record. Lindsay has effectively demonstrated what it means to be an original artist with her quiet and creative music.

Want to hear her for yourself? Click the link/image below to listen to the album. What do you think?

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