The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Emerson Jay- T H E E P
RIYL: Foster the People, Passion Pit
Recommended Tracks: Track 2: Young Svn, Track 5: LZY Me
T H E E P is the first release from the Pittsburgh-native four-piece band, Emerson Jay. Jared Gulden is a twenty-one year old musician and the brains behind the entire operation of Emerson Jay. T H E E P is a six song EP, filled to the brim with electronic synth-soaked happiness.
The band draws its influences from groups like Foster the People and Passion Pit, but still manage to harvest their own unique sound. It’s relaxing, yet exciting and catchy. Track two, “Young Svn”, starts with an infectious guitar riff that leads into a burst of sound and energy that holds strong for the remainder of the song. Jared Gulden is young and new to the music scene, but that doesn’t stop him from delivering some insightful lyrics that add to the quality of the EP. On “Young Svn” he sings, “It's too much to take, how far can you go until you'll have to break?And how will we break? cause it hurts to say that the end isn't far away.” On track 5, “LZY Me”, he questions “May I make up my mind if I change i?, cause I change a lot.” In Gulden’s lyrics, it’s obvious to read that he is nervous of the future. As any musician trying to break in to the industry has probably felt before, Gulden and the rest of Emerson Jay have questions about their future and their music.
Let’s just say that this EP is a step in the right direction. Their sound is something relatively new to the music industry, and will most likely grow in popularity in the near future. Fueled by raw talent, passion and a little bit of luck, we’ll be hearing a lot more from Emerson Jay. T H E E P is a breath of fresh air to music.