Layla Frankel-Tame the Fox

Layla-TameTheFox_3Chicago singer-songwriter Layla Frankel has dropped her debut EP, Tame the Fox, a solid collection of literate, soulful folk-rock.

Tame the Fox opens with “To Disregard,” a lyrically rich country-folk tune with some bluesy electric guitar. Frankel’s voice (which nods to Bonnie Raitt as a likely influence) is strong right out of the gate. “Tenderly” follows and its blue-eyed soul w/ jazzy guitar lines recalls Dusty Springfield circa Dusty in Memphis.

First single “Creature of Habit” finds Frankel trading in sunny pop a la Sheryl Crow while “Alamosa” is the former song’s mirror opposite; stately, a bit sad and road weary.

“If I Had the Words” is stripped-down and brave (just Layla’s voice and acoustic guitar to lull the listener), while the EP closer is a version of The Cure’s much-covered “Just Like Heaven,” which is re-imagined as an acoustic soul number with a weeping electric guitar bridge.