To celebrate, he’s offered a free stream of ‘Baby Moses’;
“It was a song I wrote looking back at my twenties and wishing that I’d known then what I know now. Truly Rod Stewart-esque. I wanted to be honest about my disappointment, but also humble enough to not just blame everyone else for my own shortcomings,” he said of the single in a statement.
Klassen readily admits that he found inspiration from an unlikely source.
“The record is a nod to the ‘90s New Age music that I grew up with,” he said. “My mom was really into Enya, and I wanted to explore some of those sounds in a very modern way. I wanted to really embrace ethereality.”
“I wanted it to be scary. I have a lot of friends in Vancouver that I’ve worked with in the past, and I have my own little studio as well. But it felt too comfortable here. I needed to challenge myself, so I thought I would go down there and produce it myself in a place I’d never been before, with gear I didn’t know,” he said.
The songs on the album were inspired by both his battle with depression and his mother’s fight against breast cancer.
“I don’t really hide many things. Writing these songs, I just felt like I was doing what I do. But I hope and I think I’m better at being vulnerable. Or, I’m vulnerable with more clarity,” Klassen said.
It was this battle that inspired the track ‘Delilah’.
“It was me wanting to give her a gift and in the process to say, just keep going. It’s going to be okay. I’m here,” he said.
Ultimately, the recording the album proved to be a therapeutic experience.
“(It) helped me to just own things. It makes things solid, makes them tangible. But I think life always takes a long time. I didn’t just write these songs and walk away feeling great. It’s good enough right now just to have a historical document of what I’ve been through the last couple of years,” Klassen said.
Catch Jordan Klassen on the following dates;
Jan 14 – Galway, IRE @ Roisin Dubh
Jan 15 – Dublin, IRE @ The Grand Social
Jan 16 – Belfast, IRE @ Empire Music Hall
Jan 18 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction 2
Jan 19 – Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre
Jan 20 – York, UK @ The Duchess
Jan 22 – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
Jan 23 – Edinburgh, UK @ Mash House
Jan 24 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Lemon Tree
Jan 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Jan 27 – New Castle, UK @ The Cluny
Jan 29 – Liverpool, UK @ Arts Club
Jan 30 – Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
Jan 31 – Cardiff, UK @ The Globe
Feb 2 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Feb 3 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia
Feb 4 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Feb 6 – Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso (Upstairs)
Feb 8 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Feb 9 – Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
Feb 10 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Feb 12 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Ballroom
Feb 13 – Norrköping, SE @ Where’s The Music Festival
Feb 14 – Malmö, SE @ Malmö Live
Feb 16 – Madrid, ES @ El Sol
Feb 18 – Barcelona, ES @ Barts Club
Feb 19 – Zaragoza, ES @ Las Armas
Feb 20 – San Sebastian, ES @ Le Bukowski
Feb 29 – Munich, DE @ Milla
Mar 1 – Cologne, DE @ Studio 672
Mar 2 – Hamburg, DE @ Kukuun
01 Glory B
03 No Salesman
04 Baby Moses
06 We Got Married
07 St Fraser
09 Light In The Evening
10 Smoking Too Long