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Jake $ing debut EP《Ups & Downs》

Published by on: 04-01-2022

Shanghai-born, 626-raised emerging pop artist JAKE $ING, who signed to Sony Music in just a year after his debut, continues to position himself as a new voice for Asian-American Gen Z with the release of his very first EP “ups & downs”.

“ups & downs” follows the success of his three most recent previous singles, “You’re So Ugly”, “Turn It Up”, and “Fresh Off The Boat”. Considered by many as the “Asian Post Malone.” Some of his inspiration comes from artists such as Keshi, Post Malone, and is a huge fan of Kpop groups Stray Kids, BTS, and MAMAMOO!

1. MAKEUP
An up-beat track that depicts the “puppy love” stage of a relationship, when you’re so head-over-heels for someone that nothing matters other than spending time with that person

2. TILL IT HURTS

A song that addresses the inevitability of facing a problem in a relationship, eventually falling apart even though you’re not ready to let the other person go.

3. LET DOWN

The third track “LET DOWN” is a beachy, surf-tune and exhibits the second stage of grief, which is anger, and is about that cathartic feeling of finally telling the other person all of the emotions you’ve bottled up for so long.

4. TOO MUCH

“ups & downs” concludes with the final song “TOO MUCH” which represents the final stage of grief — acceptance. The messaging behind “TOO MUCH” is described as, “Just like in a bad breakup, first you try to convince each other you can make things work, but then the anger comes in, and you continue to argue, until you both realize that it’s too much. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you expect, and you have to come to accept that.” 

The four songs in this EP is a testament to the last three years of his life, which he says, “made me realize that part of what it means to be a human is to go through those ups and downs” and that “these moments of ups and downs is what make us who we are”. It portrays the nature of all the relationships in his life, being a mix of wonderful ups and heart-breaking downs. Each track serves as a phase of a good relationship turning sour. Faced with the inevitability of losing loved ones, “all we can do is learn from the love, and heal from the
loss”.

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