The first track “Glory B” immediately got my attention, and the rest of the album did not disappoint. The almost Carribean-esque “St Fraser” is a little more upbeat and rhythmic with the use of percussions, while “Delilah” is a pure, yet poignant tale about his mother. As a whole, it takes the listener through very relatable up’s and down’s before ending with the sense that everything you have lived through will only make you stronger.
In an attempt to not underplay the perfectly-crafted arrangements and lyrics, I couldn’t help but picture most songs on a movie soundtrack. There is a feeling I get when a song meticulously fits a certain film scene, and listening to Javelin made me feel the exact same way- without even having any visuals. Here’s to his upcoming Canadian tour dates, and an opportunity to be able to see this record come to life in another way.
On writing the album, Jordan explained: “I’m kind of an open person. I don’t really hide many things. Writing these songs, I just felt like I was doing what I do.” And that, he does very well.
Javelin is a vivacious album of odd sounds and textures, more onomatopoeia than instrumentation: humming, buzzing, whirls, swirls, and trills colour candid compositions like “No Salesman”, whose lyrics may be cryptic (“I love you more, like kick drums on your bedroom door” for example) but are bursting with conviction.
Klassen’s intricate and delicate arrangements remind me of Andrew Bird, another eclectic songwriter unafraid of breaking with tradition, sculpting songs out of found filaments and fragments. It’s at once familiar and refreshingly different; you can’t help but feel the plain beauty of “We Got Married” is triggering some deep-rooted, forgotten moment in your mind. Javelin is full of moments like this. The soaring chorus of “Baby Moses” a perfect example: it lodges in your memory long after you’ve stopped listening, a lingering reminder of the fine record it springs from, and a subtle prompt to return to Javelin’s splendour sooner rather than later.
Jordan Klassen in Deutschland:
29.02.2016 München, Milla
01.03.2016 Köln, Studio 672
02.03.2016 Hamburg, Kukuun