The EP is a 5-song concept job inspired by a short story by Herman Hesse (called "Klein und Wagner") that deals with escapism and growing up. The songs somehow maintain a level of melancholy while ranging from upbeat to gloomy in sound. Take, for example, the lyrics on "Nothing Hill," inspired by his hometown Notting Hill. You can't help but connect with how hard-hitting the feelings are while still enjoying the catchy-ness of his guitar/voice combo. It's kind of like John Lennon's "Nowhere Man" -- if you just tuned out the words you'd think it sounded all good and dandy but the second you digest the lyrics you recognize the underlying sadness of someone sharing highly personal feelings.
The EP will drop on June 20. Until then, you can listen to Ed's music on MySpace and follow the artist's travels on his website.