Emily Kopp - Potential EP
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: June 20, 2012
If and when acoustic pop purveyors like Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz decide to call it a career, they can feel confident that their warm and radio-friendly brand of pop will live on. Twenty-one-year old Orlando singer/songwriter Emily Kopp recently released her debut EP Potential, a polished and crisp blend of five summer songs that are wise beyond their years.
Potential opens up with the title track, which draws on lush piano and Kopp's sturdy and confident vocals. Her voice is pleasant, amiable and definitely inviting. The song itself moves along sweetly and steadily and feels primed for terrestrial radio. During the bridge at the two-minute mark, Kopp lifts her vocals and the result is nothing short of stunning. She can definitely sing and the bridge on "Potential," proves exactly that. But the best thing about "Potential," is that the singer-songwriter has gone on record as saying that "Potential," was the first song she ever wrote. That the song is as strong as it is, is only a testament to her inherent talent.
"How Did We Get Here," is playful and lingering and undeniably prime for radio. Sun-drenched, freewheeling and gently rollicking, the song thrives off of strong verses, a breezy "na na na," chorus and a melody that is potent and catchy. On the heels of those first two radio-ready cuts is "Thank You, " an autobiographical and self-affirming valentine to her parents. From start to finish, "Thank You," is a gorgeous and brilliant ode to gratitude that pretty much any starving artist can relate to.
A swerving guitar riff opens "Happiness Comes," which opens mildly and borders on filler but morphs into something completely different at the two-minute mark. It is here during the bridge that the song takes on a whole new dimension. The music dives deeper and the landscape feels more layered and thick. Strings enter the picture, then a searing guitar solo and all of a sudden "Happiness Comes," has turned into a big, blustery blues scorcher. In just a matter of seconds the opening has been trumped by a glorious and triumphant ending. And it is at this point, that one can't but stop and think, hot damn, who is this girl? The Potential EP closes out with "Just Clothes," a lounge song fueled by a seductive piano and a veneer that is hazy, sultry and nocturnal. It is also here that the Potential EP moves away from radio ready acoustic pop and into something deeper, mature and profound.
When the EP ends one can certainly see that Kopp does indeed have a bright future ahead of her. She sings with confidence and swagger, her songs are polished, accessible and undeniably commercial and there's a breezy sentiment that is both easy to relate to and easier to get behind. If the proverbial baton of radio-ready acoustic pop is indeed about to be passed along, one can't think of a better place to start than this.