There's much to be made about pop music's place in country, but Anna Volpe has proven that the two co-exist once you have the right ingredients. On her debut EP, Call My Name, Volpe serves up five carefully crafted pop masterpieces that stick with the old adage: three chords and the truth. Well...that and a few chorus pedals help Volpe's determined optimism hit home.
Burn is easily digestible, but that doesn't make it forgettable. While each song shares some common elements -- Volpe relies on repetition to help these songs become singe-able and dance-able in their live iterations -- the EP has a whole proves that Volpe knows how to use the wide range of tools at her disposal. "Call My Name" nods to Volpe's country roots with a ukulele (?) track. On the other end of the spectrum, "Make it Count" feels like it could live comfortably in the background of a CW show. (There is, of course, Volpe's brooding cover of "Don't You (Forget About Me)" that's a complete about-face from Call My Name.) It's a promising start and I'm excited to see where Volpe takes us as she continues to craft more complex soundscapes.
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