Asheville’s Brie Capone showcases powerful vocals and range with new EP

 By Mitchell Franklin 

April 24, 2018

Hailing from Asheville, NC Brie Capone is an exciting new singer-songwriter ready to win over your heart. Capone will be bringing her soul-folk sound to the Queen City on May 1 at Snug Harbor to promote the release of her new EP, If I Let You In. It is a collection of six tracks that hone in on some familiar themes: loneliness, love, heartbreak, vulnerability, and aimlessness. Capone is making music that sounds timeless by utilizing large, expansive arrangements to transport the listener to different worlds. Recorded in Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studios, the EP showcases her range and versatility throughout. 

Brie Capone’s ‘If I Let You In’

If I Let You In opens with “Weigh In,” the lead single from the EP. This upbeat, keyboard-driven pop song showcases Capone’s ability to create a strong groove and build catchy melodies on top of it. Although she originally composed the song on her Casio keyboard, the recording on the EP shows off the abilities of her band. The keyboard and guitars are free to noodle around the beat laid down by the bass and drums, and the song even gets some doo-wop style vocals towards the end.

“Clarity” shows an edgier, rock side of Capone. She flexes her incredible vocal prowess on this track as she lambasts someone about being “tired of these guessing games.” The bass drives the song while the guitars get to turn up the distortion. The dynamics are used really effectively as she plays with quick changes from near whispers to all-out belting.

“Evolve” starts the back half of the EP, which is a much slower and solemn set of songs. It begins with alternating piano chords and upright bass, before it opens up into a string soundscape highlighted by a lilting piano line. The song builds upon itself throughout but ultimately never reaches the climax that it deserves.

The second single, “Enough” evokes Joni Mitchell, as Capone explores loneliness and defeat. It has some of my favorite moments on the EP, specifically the laid-back guitar solo and the string arrangements throughout. It’s a truly beautiful song and the only one I’m aware of that talks about “reading up on thread count.”

The penultimate track “Fire” shows us an introspective, heartbroken side of Brie Capone. Mostly just soulful vocals over piano chords, with some extremely light percussion, this track delves into her tendency to “walk into the fire.” As she reflects on her choices, she shows her ability to stand alone as a solo performer, and it is an emotional cornerstone of the EP.

To close out If I Let You In, Capone and her collaborators give us another example of how a good arrangement can pull you into the song. The clarinet, cello, and light percussion work together to give “Let You In” an almost Latin feel and the background vocals in the chorus are lovely.

If I Let You In is a strong effort from a promising young artist from Asheville. The production is crisp and clear, and the intricate instrumentation always finds a way to complement Capone’s vocals without ever getting in the way of her words. Her voice is strong, and the songwriting is sharp. Brie Capone is a name to watch in the North Carolina pop/rock community, if this EP is any indication of what she can accomplish as a writer and performer.

Catch Brie Capone at Snug Harbor on May 1st with Matt Townsend & The Wild Lights, and Larkin Dodgen.

If I Let You In by Brie Capone is now available on all platforms. 

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