There are a lot of people out there who are trying to attain that elusive spot where they capture and keep an audience’s attention. But because of the glut of almost stereotypical artists and bands that the indie music industry churns out constantly, a stereotype can make listeners wary.
In the case of KP Wolfe, while she does seem, at first, like more of the same, her new, seven-track EP Exodus (released late last year)sets itself apart early on. The main attention-grabbing element is her voice. Her vocal range is wide and her singing on par; furthermore, she easily and seemingly effortlessly touches on many emotions in these songs. First and foremost, however, she embodies a whole lot of attitude, firmly setting the tone throughout the entire set of attention-grabbing and catchy tracks. Another noteworthy touch are the lyrics; while they do at times sound familiar, Wolfe’s special attention to penning thoughtful lyrics sets her apart—in a good way.
The pop rock title track is aggressive and passionate. The guttural vocals and relentless beat enhance the lyrics that repetitively call for listeners to move on. The seeming push forward by the guitars and drums give “Exodus” an anthemic quality. It touches on the experience of walking away from limiting relationships, particularly romantic ones, a heartwrentching decision even if it is the right one. Combined with Wolfe’s theater experience, a live performance of this song could be potentially unforgettable.
The slower “Icarus” delves deeper into the pop genre. Here we see that Wolfe’s attitude towards life is not just one of angry sass; she is also hopeful, sunny, and almost sweet. We also see how wide her vocal range is, and how expertly and seamlessly she goes from one end to the other. The throbbing “Louder” brings together elements from the first and second numbers on her EP: an aggressive front with a sweet, hopeful layer underneath. Country flavours can be found through this motivational, inspiring number, encouraging listeners to contribute to the betterment of the world.
The plucked electric guitar in the pop rock “Puppeteer” comes across as auditory metaphor for the being strung along, in one of two tracks that could pass off as an early Lady Gaga offering. One can’t help but be impressed by how many different styles Wolfe is touching in such a limited set. As for the second Gaga-like song on Exodus, “Take Back The Ring”, Wolfe is a lot slower and much more intense in her delivery, with the emotional range her vocals touch upon on full display: hope, pain, despair, and even of joy. It definitely is the most powerful number of the set, the honesty and rawness on full display within instrumentation that packs quite a punch.
Heartbreak is also the theme in “The Other Woman”, a radio-friendly pop song that belays heart-wrenching pain while at the same time delivering a passion one does not doubt will help Wolfe carry on. It is a quieter number than the others on the EP but it is just as powerful, closing the book on a high note. Exodus is well worth a listen and could potentially become mainstream fare because of Wolfe’s confidence, a passion that clearly comes through, and the range of her voice. Youthful angst combined with a mature look towards the future is quite a force to be reckoned with, and it is hoped that tracks will hopefully soon available for streaming on SoundCloud. In the meanwhile, more information can be found on the artist’s Facebook page.