Bryce Kulak – Welcome was an appetizer to dark cabaret music. The EP uses a mixture of cabaret music and jazz music. That makes sense given that the EP captures the essence of cabaret. Many of his songs are driven and backed by a grand piano which gives his songs a swing of cabaret and jazz. Songs such as Picturesque appeared on his Tin Can Telephone album. However it seems Bryce Kulak has pretty much walked away from the music industry not too long after this release along with his 2007 album.
Nothing Boy was a song Bryce wrote about a boy who never had much in his life. The boy retreated into isolation and became a social recluse. Bryce describes the boy as being very quiet. The song is very grotesque and morbid.
There was nothing to be done about the boy. He had retreated from majority become a void facsimile of what he’d been before. He was a stranger to society. The boy retreated into isolation and became a social recluse. He had put aside his pencil and his comb. Abandoned all his toys and all his science fiction novels. That boy was living in a tomb without a telephone. He never left the house. Bryce says he was as quiet as a very quiet thing He was as timid as a mouse. And though the lion roared, he ignored. The neighbours were floored.
There was nothing to be done about his health. He had a vague and inexplicable suspicion he was bleeding out his eyes and out his mouth. But there was nothing there.
There was nothing in his garden but his bones. And he had organized his funeral. Directed the procession. All his friends had come and gone. He was his memory. There were sagas in his mind of all the heroes and the life he’d left behind. But he was happier this way. Or not so challenged by his life from day to day living. All his worries and his spirit laid away. There was no one to convince him otherwise. They’d all abandoned him the day that they could. See that he was bleeding out his mouth and out his eyes. And he had flown from them.
These were the most quotable lyrics to the song.
And though the lion roared, he ignored
Said he was bored; the neighbours were floored
He had a vague and inexplicable
Suspicion he was bleeding out his eyes and out his mouth
Short-term Soulmate is about the soulmate Bryce was searching for and looking for. Bryce is looking for a soulmate to be in a short term relationship with temporarily. Short-term Soulmate is one of the more light-hearted songs.
She was just what Bryce was looking for. Hook, line, and sinking for. They absolutely clipped along that slippery slope they slipped along. There was hardly any question. She was the perfect short-term soulmate. Bryce made her a habit that wouldn’t abate. She is his short-term soulmate. The closest that Bryce has ever come to that union. But soon she’ll be gone anyway.
She looking up phone numbers in the yellow pages. Something you’ve been slowly cooking up. And she is bleeding from a paper cut. He patience is tapering, but now she smiles as she finds Bryce.
Notice how Bryce made the chorus rhyme with his songwriting skills.
You penned me in neatly without a gate
You’re my short-term soulmate
The closest that I’ve ever come to my senses
I’m jumping your fences today
You were the monster I didn’t create
You’re my short-term soulmate
The closest that I’ve ever come to devoured
I’ve soured your plans for today
And now I’m recovering
Onward and upwarding
Moving along, I can say
Pelican is one of the more unique songs with a bizarre touch by Bryce. The song is about a pelican who invited Bryce to live inside of him.
Today Bryce saw a pelican flying past the cafe he was sitting in. The pelican opened up his beak wide. There was a staircase that was winding down inside. And thus the pelican welcomed Bryce. Bryce stepped in ver the welcome mat that lay upon his pelichin. It was beautiful to be inside a pelican whose beak had opened wide. And now Bryce lives in a pelican. And he watches out the window as they soar around. His tired people feet never have to touch the ground. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Every morning Bryce goes out and shakes off the welcome mat. Then he welcome others in to live inside the beautiful pelican.
Today Bryce met an elephant who never tells him that he pelican or pelican’t. The elephant lifted up his trunk. He opened wide. Bryce could see a staircase winding down inside. And thus he welcomed Bryce and the pelican. They flew in ver the welcome mat that lay upon his elechin. It was wonderful to be inside a pelican whose beak had opened wide inside an elephant who’d welcomed them inside. And now Bryce lives in a pelican inside an elephant.
I rate this EP 5/5*****!