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All the songs were mixed and mastered by Brent Kolatalo (Lady Gaga, John Legend, Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, One Republic…).

“This recording is full of extremely pleasant, well written and nicely arranged music. It has all the elements of great writing, melody, outstanding groove, excellent recording and a whole bunch of subtle, musical beauty. Let’s say that this recording has rekindled hope in me that there really still are artists out there who know how to make great melodic music.” jamsphere

Jay Elle Ease Up EP Cover

Ease Up by Jay Elle

 

1 – Ease Up (Into Love) 3:56

 

2 – Take a Holiday 3:50

 

3 – Needs Fixing 3:14

 

4 – By The Blade 3:39

 

5 – Never Dreamed (I Could Be The One) 3:23

 

6 – Sickly Sweet 3:46

 

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“Ease Up is a truly easy-listening experience that doesn’t ask a whole lot out of us in exchange for the melodic treasures that it offers, and in terms of compositional integrity, it’s absolutely one of the more impressive EPs that I’ve heard this season. Jay Elle is in the top tier of his class, and in this record he highlights why he deserves the respect of the masses now more than ever.” Zachary Rush – IndieMusicReviews.net

“As always, Jay Elle’s music sits in a place that is both easy to identify but hard to pigeon-hole. By that I mean that you can see the musical building blocks that he uses, sweet country vibes, pop sensibility and groove, indie cool and folky dexterity but the end result makes for something that doesn’t quite perfectly fit in any one of them. Which is just how it should be, who wants music that sits neatly into pre-determined boxes when you can have music happy to wander about outside (put within earshot) of the boxes? Exactly!” Dave Franklin – Dancing About Architecture

“One thing I was really blow away by was the guitar tone on this track. It’s so crystal clear and has the perfect sparkling chime to it. It’s the first thing that hits you and really leaves an impression, like you already know the song is going to be good. The vocals are really what give this jam its pop flavor. Jay has one of those bright, summertime voices that leaves you feeling upbeat and optimistic.” stepkid.com

“Gentle string melodies and a soft rock groove are tossed into a sonic mixing bowl in Jay Elle’s “Needs Fixing,” and with every verse that the talented singer/songwriter croons to us, his command of the adjacent instrumental harmony grows all the stronger. In this track and the five others that accompany it in the brand new EP Ease Up, Elle finds a creative way of getting his point across to us, and even in barebones songs like this one, there’s never an instance where he leaves us feeling underwhelmed by his skillset. He’s really focused in this record, and as I see it, setting a new standard for his scene in general.” Gashouseradio.com

“…one of the more concrete collections of pure American balladry that any audiophile, young or old, will likely hear this September.” indiemusicreview

“The vocals are as soft as velvet, the guitars steeped in a golden melodicism that is hard to forget and impossible to ignore whenever it fills the air around us, and when all of the components are working in perfect tandem, they create an evocative energy that is simply contagious, no matter how many times we’ve encountered it. Throughout the whole of his all-new extended play, Jay Elle exhibits his sound at its most mature and physically robust to date, fuses mild country twang with supple soul serenades and a conventional pop songwriting aesthetic, and dishes out tracks that warrant repeat listens right out of the box.” Michael Rand – Mobangeles.com

“The new song is the lead track from his new Ease Up EP and showcases his timeless and immediate songwriting against a backdrop of chiming folk-pop guitars and a mellow, summery energy. Fans of The Lumineers, Counting Crows, Jack Johnson – you just found your new jam….” gigsoupmusic

“Jay Elle brand of pop is refreshingly uncomplicated as witnessed by ‘Sickly Sweet’ a catchy and unpretentious piece that veers a little towards modern folk.” beehivecandy

“Ease up (Into Love) is a soft-rock track that refreshes the singer-songwriter style of performers like John Denver and Gordon Lightfoot. Jay Elle’s instrumentation link together the Barenaked Ladies and Semisonic with a very germane and honest approach. There’s a surprising deep sound to this introductory track that will continue to yield dividends to listeners even five or ten plays in.” NeuFuturMagazine

“Honestly, it’s impossible not to like Jay Elle. Not only is his music heartwarming, organic and nurturing, but he also has this pizzazz to him that is beyond charming. In “Ease Up (Into Love),” one of the singles off of his new EP, Jay finds a way into our souls, blessing us with a gem that oozes with feel-good vibes.” ratingsgamemusic

“In these turbulent times, and a sometimes mixed up world, it’s always nice to hear something so uplifting and positive as the music Jay Elle creates.” MusicNotez

“Overall the album is professional and creative. We find it extremely good and the artist has talent and the music, lyrics and production everything has been done exceptionally well throughout this album. Overall its a fun listening to the music and I am sure you would put it to repeat mode.” twistonline

“Jay Elle is bringing the musical edge with his newest album called Ease Up! I was able to check out his latest album on Spotify and it was very well blew me away. The Spotify edition was easy to use and locate his music on the media player. I was able to stream his album and just engulf myself with is new album. I can see why he is on 4 musical charts and climbing for his newest album.” dropthespotlight

“Jay Elle’s single “Ease Up (Into Love)” is executed so gracefully and lovingly that the artist somehow makes it feel like it comes naturally to him, applying light touches to his voice to illuminate the intimacy of his understated songwriting. Jay Elle brings out the vulnerability in each one of us when making attempts at finding love. A new relationship is uncharted territory, and most of us have natural fears of the unknown.” xttrawave

“From conception to execution and production aesthetics, this EP is a true gem, which allows listeners to peek into Jay’s mindset and songwriting attitude. Whether it’s rock, pop, folk, or R&B, he is able to bring many styles under one roof and create a one-of-a-kind tone.” thebandcampdiaries

“This recording is full of extremely pleasant, well written and nicely arranged music. It has all the elements of great writing, melody, outstanding groove, excellent recording and a whole bunch of subtle, musical beauty. Let’s say that this recording has rekindled hope in me that there really still are artists out there who know how to make great melodic music.” jamsphere

“Jay Elle’s voice is absolutely delicious, and so soothing. The current single, “Ease Up (Into Love) is very carefully crafted, and it’s exquisite to listen to.” indiepulsemusic

“Ease Up (Into Love) is a wonderful musical experience that is comprised of five tracks. Jay Elle’s warm acoustic instrumentation adds heavily upon the continuity and quality of the project. Ease Up (Into Love) totes some well-crafted melodies and guitar strums that are very striking. Take A Holiday is one track that stands out front for its inventiveness as it certainly exemplifies much of the EP’s charming premise. Ease Up (Into Love) by Jay Elle is a charm for purists who understand the brilliance of beautiful music.” warlockasyluminternationalnews

“Jay Elle proves to be a deft singer-songwriter on the soothing country pop of “Ease Up (Into Love)”. A tremendous amount of warmth radiates throughout the whole of the collection. Narratives emerge showing off small vignettes of a life lived to the fullest. Optimism is woven into each piece further lending it a sense of tenderness. With vocals that have a laid-back, mellow quality, Jay Elle sings straight from the heart. Rock, pop, country, folk, and a hint of soul, the entirety of the journey has a majestic quality to it. The arrangements merge all of these genres together in a way that feels so bright and airy.” beachsloth

“Definitely, the biggest interest in this EP is the title track, which is a peaceful and yet very enjoyable track that is going to appeal to everybody who is into the kind of country music that Elle does. Why is this? Because he is a very melodic and logical musician, who knows what melody to use and how to use it, which is something that has very positive results in this particular situation and with this kind of musician.” musicexistence

“So then who is Jay stripped unplugged of the influences that makes his sound palatable?  I can imagine you’d say something like: mature musicality, youthful vocals, dreamy cotton cords, gentle masculinity, and easy flow. A totally deezable playlistable sequence of tracks that’s designed for the foreground and the background.” redcarpetliving

“From full-bodied sweeps to glimmering hums — Jay Elle alertly exploits the many voices that he has; adding textures and shaping the melody.” callingcallingallgigs