I’d already heard Ultra's latest signee Chelsea Cutler
perform her new single, “Sixteen," when she played a stripped-down, acoustic version here at Baeble earlier in the week (which you can look forward to checking out soon!), and I was very impressed. She had remarkable control over her voice and overall was a very talented songwriter. Today, when I listened to the single’s official release, I was gobsmacked. It’s an unbelievably catchy pop recording featuring deep, synthy bass lines, light guitar playing, and a simple but infectious beat. Then I read the track’s straightforward description on her Soundcloud page: “written and produced by me."
What can’t this artist do? Clearly, Cutler is a multitalented musician with a great sense of how to write an effective pop song.
Lyrically, the song is a romantic tribute to a relationship that makes her feel as if she will never grow older. “Growing old means growing tired, I guess,"
Cutler observes in the second verse, “but nothing gets me when I’m right here next to you."
She makes wonderful production choices with her voice (the short vocal trills in the background after the line “come back home late and fall right into your bed"
are probably my favorite thing about the song). “Sixteen" is a fun, infectious listen that is gleaming with talent and confidence.