The ability to touch upon heavy matter while remaining upbeat in sound, is a talent that stems from a want to carve out the light in a dark place. Jordan Klassen’s new track “Curses” explores his own confrontation with mental illness, along with the relationships to those closest to him. “Curses” imparts a dense, looming pop sound, topped with bright melodies and vocals.
Jordan Klassen’s new EP shares the same name with the featured track and follows the release of last year's full length Javelin. Curses is due out on March 3rd through Nevado Records. Listen to "Curses" below:
We were glad to pick Jordan’s brain a bit, and hear about a couple of the hidden gems Vancouver has to offer:
With so many options to explore the great outdoors in Vancouver, what should first time visitors go see?
I'm a really big fan of Deep Cove on the North Shore — some great (and easy) hikes, beautiful vistas and lots of great food and beer.
The food scene is filled with a variety of options. What cuisine does Vancouver excel at that surprises people?
Ramen! Vancouver has a very large Asian population, as well as an abundance of hip little neighborhoods. So much good Ramen to discover.
Do you have a favorite suspension bridge?
I ask myself this question every night before I fall asleep. I've come to this conclusion: yes, Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.
You speak a lot to failure on your recent album. What did you overcome to make this record and what was the biggest lesson you learned from making it?
The songs were written in the midst of some pretty deep depression and mental illness, both in my own life and in some important people in my life. The writing didn't come easy, I really had to stretch myself. I think the biggest lesson I learned is that waiting to feel "motivated" to accomplish something is futile. You do, and you work hard and often the feelings will follow. Sometimes it takes a lot of pushing to get the stone rolling.
Are there any hidden production gems you'd be willing to reveal?
These are actually all songs I wrote during the sessions for my last record, Javelin, however I felt that they made way more sense together than they did on that album. So in some ways they're older songs to me, and in another way they're brand new.