ella jane’s ‘Marginalia’ EP via FADER Label
PRAISE FOR ella jane
2. Time On
3. Sore Loser
4. Party Trick
5. You Shouldn’t Have Said That
8. I Wanna
9. Crash Cart
Marginalia by ella jane is out now, buy/stream it here.
ella jane today shares her EP, Marginalia, along with a video for the focus track “Warhol” which premiered on FLOOD, via FADER Label. She’s in the midst of celebrating the release with a nearly sold-out US headline tour. Listen to Marginalia HERE.
Marginalia is a put-on-repeatable instant pop classic, though with a bit of grit at times as an ode to ella’s favorite indie rock icons. She let the songs spill out of her as they pleased, and dives into embracing her queer identity on “Party Trick,” the tingly feeling of wanting to be in love on “I Wanna,” exploring the idea of home on “7,” and plays with the concept of originality on “Warhol.”
Of “Warhol,” ella jane says, “A copy of a copy of a copy; so many versions of the thing that the thing itself loses all meaning. This is a motif that runs throughout much of Andy Warhol’s work, and one that inspired me. However, while Warhol used it as a commentary on consumer culture and celebrity iconography, I related it to something a little more personal: my own identity. I actually had the title ‘Warhol’ sitting in my notes section for a long time before I started writing it, and originally planned for it to be a song about this guy who told me I remind him of his girlfriend. Something kind of fun and stupid. But soon the line ”Cause lately I don’t have a shape / I’m blurry lines without a face’ spilled out, and it quickly became obvious that I was writing about myself. I’ve always been a big believer in fake it till you make it, but the acceptance of my public persona – a much more confident, self-assured girl – as ME has made me question who the real me actually is.”
For as long as she can remember, Ella Jane has been writing in the margins. Growing up, annotation was a way of understanding and processing the culture that surrounded her, a means of collecting words and stories that would become foundational to the songs she would write. Conversely, songwriting became a way of marking up the experiences in her own life, a process she’d often document and share in real-time with an ever-expanding online community. Hence the name of her introspective EP:
Of Marginalia, ella says, “I used to think that growing up was synonymous with hitting certain milestones, like a driver’s license, or an 18th birthday, or maybe a high school graduation. But it’s not, of course it’s not. What it really is, I’ve come to find, is the ability to admit to yourself the truths you knew all along. Once you do that, you can start telling the truth to other people. And once you do that, you can start growing up. This project is a coming of age story. And if I want to connect to an audience who is also coming of age, then it is imperative I tell them my own truths.”
ella jane‘s sound is a harmonious amalgamation of folk, soul and indie-pop. Her voice is so bright and controlled it’s addictive, as instantly replay-able – over and over again without reason – like Olivia Rodrigo, Wallice, Maude Latour. Her 2021 single “nothing else i could do” has amassed over 25 million streams on Spotify alone, and she has received praise from Paper, Ones To Watch, Lyrical Lemonade, and more (including Elton John, who said of “Calling Card” – “if there’s any justice in the world, it will be a big hit for Ella Jane… I really love it”). Her vision spans beyond music, writing and production, into the full creative realm, working with NY Times photographer Sabrina Santiago, photographer Maddy Rotman (recently shot Maggie Rogers & more), among others.
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