Dru Cutler had been knocking around the Florida music scene for at least 10 years – probably more – if you include his involvement in “Lush Progress” and their splendid Elevator Dream album of 2008. Since then, and now relocated to Brooklyn, we have been treated to a handful of releases, including “You and Me and the System” (2013) and “Familiar” (2016). This year we are gifted the nine track album “Bring Closer To The Distance”, which charts an interesting staging post on his musical progression.
It is a collection of songs that showcase Cutler’s considerable range as song-writer and arranger, drawing on some of his own personal experiences, in order to tell, in his own words, “a number of tender and intimate stories”. For example, his song “Judy” is a tribute to his stepmother, and the harrowing – but beautifully arranged and orchestrated “Text Message From My Father” deals with mental health and the inner and outer consequences of it. There is also a splendid cover version of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me To The End Of Love”, while the following track “Reach The Light” with throbbing bass line and sparse guitar injections, sounds remarkably post punk. Yet “12Yrs” is confessional and intimate. A personal favourite is the Wilco-esque “Reason To Cry” – an ear-worm that will undoubtedly delight you. “Most Of Now” brings the album to a satisfying and cathartic conclusion.
If you haven’t accessed his music, then Bring Closer The Distance will serve you well as an introduction to Dru Cutler’s musical vision. It is primed with compositional richness and sympathetic light-touch production values, and an album that will continue to mature and ingratiates over repeated listenings.
Bring Closer the Distance will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Music, Apple Music, and Tidal.