JORDAN KLASSEN SHARES PROFOUND NEW VIDEO FOR “VIRTUOUS CIRCLE”

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Today, BC songwriter Jordan Klassen is sharing the profound video for his new single, “Virtuous Circle”. Directed by Farhad Ghaderi and produced by Shelby Manton of Boldly, the video explores the joys and pains of brotherhood through the volatile relationship between a young boy (Ben Andrusco-Daon) and his self-destructive older brother (Antoine Olivier Pilon) in the pursuit of winning a famous regional long-distance race.

“This story is about embracing the idea that we are deeply flawed and contradictory creatures, yet still capable of loving in our own imperfect ways,” says Ghaderi. “I tried to bring as much of my own lived experiences and feelings into the film. Revisiting memories of my older brother and I growing up so close. Relationships are not just ups and downs, the most interesting parts sometimes lie in that in between. Many of the interactions between our characters are real mundane moments we all live with our siblings.”

WATCH AND SHARE “VIRTUOUS CIRCLE” HERE

“When Farhad first approached me with the concept for the video, it was a little spooky,” says Klassen. “I had always thought the song felt like running and breaking free, and the story corresponded really profoundly with certain circumstances I was in. I also love that the video feels very 'British Columbia'. Every scene looks like it's shot somewhere I've been, like little snapshots of my own childhood growing up here.”

This film was created thanks to the generous support of the MVP Project, a joint initiative of RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize (administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television).

 “Virtuous Circle” marks the first new music from Jordan Klassen since 2017’s Big Intruder. Watch for more music and tour dates to be announced in the near future.

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JORDAN KLASSEN SHARES “VIRTUOUS CIRCLE”, FIRST NEW MUSIC SINCE 2017

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Today, Jordan Klassen makes his long awaited return, sharing “Virtuous Circle”, the first new music since 2017’s Big Intruder. “I wrote ‘Virtuous Circle’ at a time in my life where I felt surrounded by a lot of death primarily; a death in my family, broken relationships, personal instability, and a seemingly endless streak of career disappointments,” Klassen tells Exclaim!. “The song is a plea of hope that what feels like a vicious circle could invert into a virtuous one.

Despite having its roots in such a tumultuous season, “Virtuous Circle” isn’t despairing. Contemplative, propulsive, and at times sweeping you away, the single brings the strongest cards of Klassen’s talents to the forefront once again. Ever-changing piano lines, aching string arrangements, and an anchor in the immediately recognizable calming vocals.

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“I wanted the song to have a sense of darkness, contrasted with hopefulness. I want it to feel like running - breaking away from whatever it is that is chasing you,” Klassen further added.

Over his decade long career, Jordan Klassen has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States, becoming widely known for his well-crafted arrangements and nuanced songwriting. To date, he has garnered almost 10 million streams worldwide. Jordan Klassen is currently completing his newest record.

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JORDAN KLASSEN ANNOUNCES JUNE TOUR DATES

BC SONGWRITER JORDAN KLASSEN ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE TOUR DATES WITH NORTHCOTE BEGINNING JUNE 1

NEW ALBUM, JAVELIN, OUT NOW VIA NEVADO RECORDS

WATCH AND SHARE THE NEW VIDEO FOR “NO SALESMAN” HERE

“Klassen executes it deftly and full heartedly enough here to give listeners chills” Exclaim!

“a clear step above from what a lot of his peers are capable of creating” Ride The Tempo

“lodges in your memory long after you’ve stopped listening, a lingering reminder of the fine record” Quick Before It Melts

“Javelin is emotional yet hopeful, nostalgic yet forward-looking” Confront Magazine

“intense, spiritual songwriting” Grayowl Point

“extremely well-executed and an intriguing, engaging listen” The Manitoban

B.C. songwriter Jordan Klassen has had a busy couple of months to start off 2016. He spent much of January and February on the road in the UK and Europe and is currently finishing up the last leg of his North American tour dates with a few more stops in Western Canada. Beginning in June, he’ll pack his bags and head out again across Canada with Northcote. Full tour dates can found below.

 

Out on Nevado Records, the ten songs on his latest record, Javelin, are among the most confidently and imaginatively arranged Jordan Klassen has ever recorded. They engage the past, reassess recollections and impressions, turn failures not into successes but lessons for the future.

On the recommendation of James Vincent McMorrow Klassen recorded Javelin at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, just outside El Paso in Texas. He produced the album himself and plays almost all the instruments. The songs on Javelin spring from hard experiences—namely, from Klassen’s struggle with depression and his mother’s diagnosis with breast cancer, now thankfully in remission. Despite the fears and despairs that motivated these songs, there is always a kernel of hope illuminating the music from the inside.

Sonically, Javelin is a mixing of ambient and rhythmic elements, from the ebullient African percussion of“St. Fraser” to the heavily reverbed vocals of closer “Smoking Too Long”. Klassen found inspiration—a patron saint, of sorts—in an unlikely figure. “The record is a nod to the ‘90s New Age music that I grew up with,” he says with a slight chuckle. “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.” It’s not hard to hear echoes of “Orinoco Flow” or “Caribbean Blue” in the soft-focus thrum of “Miles”, even the delicate overlay of instruments on “We Got Married”, even the whispered valedictory of “Smoking Too Long”.

The follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Repentance, the album sees Klassen depart from the eloquently spare folk of its predecessor, adding ambient and rhythmic elements to vivid Technicolor arrangements in what is his most vibrant and vital album to date.

WATCH AND SHARE “BABY MOSES” (OFFICIAL VIDEO) HERE

JORDAN KLASSEN ON TOUR

Apr 18 - Canmore, AB - Communitea Cafe^
Apr 19 - Rossland, BC - Flying Steamshovel
Apr 21 - Kelowna, BC - The Habitat^
Apr 26 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar^
Apr 27 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial^
Jun 1 - Edmonton, AB -Brixx %
Jun 2 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Stage %
Jun 3 - Medicine Hat, AB - The Silver Buckle %
Jun 4 - Saskatoon, SK - The Capitol Music Club %
Jun 5 - Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre %
Jun 7 - Ottawa, ON - House of Targ %
Jun 8 - The Mansion – Kingston, ON
Jun 9 - St Catharines, ON - Detour Music Hall %
Jun 10 - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern %
Jun 11 - London, ON - Rum Runners %
Jun 15 - Quebec City, QC - La Source de la Martiniere %
Jun 16 - Moncton, NB - Tide & Boar %
Jun 17 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse Tavern %
Jun 18 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital %
Jun 19 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange %
Jun 22 - Regina, SK - The Exchange %

^ With Megan Bonnell
% With Northcote

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