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“Ease Up” With Jay Elle’s Latest Release

Jay Elle’s new EP release Ease Up is a six song affirmation of the talents first exhibited on his 2016 release Rising Tide. Elle’s unique synthesis of pop country, country, pop, and singer/songwriter material has an idiosyncratic slant setting it apart from many other efforts. The EP never follows a single path – Elle does more than work towards the lowest common denominator and mixes up the musical stew with changes in tempo and texture that keep listeners guessing throughout the release. Ease Up has, in general, a light sonic touch throughout. It has a modern sound, more pronounced on some tracks than others, and the production has both clarity and balance in abundance. Elle emerges from this EP sounding more confident and on firmer artistic footing than ever before and there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue consolidating his new found status as one of the indie scene’s best young songwriters.

Elle has a great way of winning over listeners apparent in the opening track “Ease Up (Into Love)”. I appreciate how Elle starts his release off with a uplifting track rather than falling prey to the stereotypical singer/songwriter pose of a pseudo anguished poet with a guitar. He writes real songs grounded in real life and emotions rather than miring himself in self-indulgence. Elle doesn’t have a lot of overt skill as a storyteller, per se, but proves to be talented with characterizations and scenarios. Those talents are obvious in the first song.

“Needs Fixing” has a fully rounded point of view and underlines his aforementioned talents for drawing compelling characters. It is remarkable for me to hear how advanced Elle’s songwriting voice is for such a young songwriter; it is often a cliché that artists are born rather than made but, ultimately, I think those who develop over time are more dedicated craftsmen rather than born to create. They have an innate facility for form and realizing its potential but the true spark of inspiration is missing from their work. Jay Elle, however, isn’t like that at all and this song may be the finest distillation of his talent on the EP.

“By the Blade” has a much different shape and tenor than the earlier songs. It has a darker edge without ever becoming too historic or overly theatrical and the lyrical content conforms to the same mood without ever going overboard. It’s an unpredictable turn on the release the earlier tracks never hint at and pays off well for listeners. “Sickly Sweet” brings down the curtain on Ease Up with the same sort of emotional slant defining some of the earlier cuts, but there’s a reflective tint pervading this song missing from the title song. It brings all of the EP’s musical strengths into final sharp relief and concludes the EP in a way that bodes well for the future. Elle has improved with each release and Ease Up shows no indication that he will slack off in the future. If anything, this is a songwriter who will improve with each new collection.

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Jay Elle Shares His Positivity on ‘Ease Up’

Music can provide a powerful pop of positivity. Letting yourself get fully immersed in a song sometimes gets those brain waves flowing just how you need to carry on your day with a smile. Our recent discovery Jay Elle has found a way to share this positivity with his music.

The singer-songwriter and guitar player now based in New York City takes each song he writes with an attitude of optimism. Music has been a part of the life of Jay Elle since childhood. When his aunt bought him a guitar and a cousin showed him some chord he was off and running with a passion. This led to his enrollment at the Geneva Conservatory Of Music, where he studied theory, composition, classical guitar, and singing. Although this classical education gave Jay his skills he was always drawn to blues, rock, jazz, and pop.

After his move to New York City, Jay Elle dove into the music scene and connected with some of the high powered talent floating around. This included working with songwriter Margaret Dorn, manager Bill Aucoin, and composer Byron Estep. These experiences gave him the confidence to launch his own musical career.

Last month saw Jay Elle release his latest album Ease Up. The 6 track EP was mixed and mastered by Brent Kolatalo (Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Lorde) to give it that radio ready sound that enhances the uplifting songs. The opener “Ease Up (Into Love)” highlights Jay’s songwriting with a pretty guitar line and a vocal delivery that will let the listener settle into their chair for a fun and relaxing listen.

There is a country and Americana feel to “Take A Holiday” as the guitar tone stays firmly in that vibe. The lyrics push Jay Elle’s theory of staying calm and positive even when the rest of the world pushes to move too fast. This is a very freeing feeling. “By The Blade” goes a little darker but somehow the singer keeps it upbeat with his toe-tapping melodies.

Jay Elle Urges Relaxing For A Better Life

There is some more experimentation on “Never Dreamed (I Could Be The One)” as alternative instrumentation creeps in along with some vocal effects. This creates a track that has a touch of big stage feel while still remaining cozy and warm in Jay Elle’s signature style. Album closer “Sickly Sweet” goes back to his basics of a singer-songwriter at its best keeping the listener with a smile on thier face and a relaxed mind.

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