Jordan Klassen

Jordan Klassen Gold ladder

Following the recent success of his album “Tell Me What to Do” the Canadian singer-songwriter JORDAN KLASSEN now releases the ardently exteroceptive concluding track, titled ‘Golden Ladder’.

Jordan is the son of Juno Award nominated artist Lianna Klassen.

The baroque pop singer, songwriter & producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, has created an album that integrates and harvests mutual concurrences, to attract people who would otherwise feel very lonely — as they travel through the pains of life — at this moment of difficulty.

Focusing on the millennial generation, Tell Me What to Do looks at the reality of living in a world where there are no demarcations to what one might achieve, but that means it’s a wide-open realm that leaves most feeling overpowered and disoriented by the great expanse of wilderness that faces them every time they open their door and dare look to the horizon.

Blythe Kingcroft Photography
Blythe Kingcroft Photography

I’ve found my orientation
has changed significantly

Jordan says, “I’ve found that my orientation has changed significantly… I’m less and less interested in self-discovery and more and more interested in the world around me, systems and relationships and history and where I’ve landed in those ever-shifting sands”.

The video for Golden Ladder video illuminates the sense of precarious exposure and constant state of unpredictable drama that a young person now has, as they navigate a life that is parlous in spirit and so becomes, for many, a pageant of regrets.

The images for the hush-baby song accompany a mother and her daughter and we watch the early development of their relationship. The video (shared below) employs a real family instead of actors to encourage viewers to consider their own experiences while viewing an authentic domestic connection they will find recognizable and should be able to readily empathize with.

Video Director Farhad Ghaderi says:Golden Ladder is a reflection on the lives of a woman and her mother, as they heal in the face of intergenerational trauma [and] what happens when the role of the caretaker is reversed with time… Some of these moments are inspired by my own family’s journey with healing, trauma and immigration…

The song itself seems as if it is set atop a majestically marbled, semi-diaphanous, almost refrigerated surface. As the voice, serene as the breath of an angel, gracefully meanders across an atmosphere that’s cold as an icebox — it starts to bring us into a setting that’s tranquil in nature but challenging in undertaking. Beguiling? Yes, but also foreshadowing.

File alongside: Art Garfunkel

Words: @neilmach 2021 ©


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