Photo Credit Alex Waber
Is there such a thing as unsentimental sincerity? If so, this could be it. A resonate warmth carries Klassen’s crafted, literate lyrics through vivid images and stories. Repentance juxtaposes a multi-textured simplicity with a trembling confidence and a fresh familiarity. Playful and wise, vast and intimate, the album travels from the jubilant in “Go to Me” and “Piano Brother” to the quiet intensity of “The Horses are Stuck” and “Strengthen Me With Raisins.” These are songs that fuse melody and poetry, stinging the imagination and summoning forgotten emotion.
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1. Home is where your story begins, tell us a bit about yours?
I was born and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia – a suburb about an hour east of Vancouver. It’s an interesting mix of picturesque farmland and strip mall suburbia. Although it holds a sentimental place in my heart, it’s definitely not an easy place to be an artist, so I made the move that a lot of young creatives do into Vancouver.
2. To the unfamiliar, how would you describe your musical style?
It depends on who I’m talking to – to some people I’ll describe it as Simon And Garfunkelish folk pop, to others I might bring up Iron And Wine or Sufjan Stevens. It’s hard to describe your own music as you know all the intricacies and influences which may not be obvious to everyone. Lately I’ve been describing it as Fairy Folk – soundscapey, whimsical pop with acoustic instruments.