reviewed by Vanessa Bennett | Friday, June 8th, 2012

So EasyHaroula Rose is a winsome and melodic triple threat: singer, songwriter, and composer. The Chicago native has made her home in Los Angeles, but her songs drip with beautiful melodies that evoke images of Southern sunsets and days gone by.  Her new EP, So Easy, is an utterly pleasant mix of summery pop and dark, intense emotion.

So Easy is a singer-songwriter album intent on sharing the lapses in romance and hopes in relationships. “Only Friends” explores the blurred line between friendship and more with only a few lightly strummed snare notes and winsome acoustic guitar chords. “Already Yours” and “So Easy” are more upbeat tracks, brimming with enchanting vocals, plinking piano notes, and creative chord changes. “Slow Dancing” is the albums best piece. It ambles along with airy notes, shrouded in dim images of folksy twilight and sorrow. The album wraps up with a and pop-infused cover of Glen Cambell’s “Wichita Lineman.”

There is a sense of letting go that comes with So Easy. Rose seems to have accepted that there are a lot of things in life we don’t know, and through her music she embraces that fact. Her soft vocals are both calming and hypnotizing, and her mastery of the acoustic guitar serves to create five tracks that are easy to put on repeat. She is currently working on a new full-length album, and if it is anything like So Easy it is sure to be truly enjoyable.

(self-released, no address provided)