Jordan Klassen- Vancouver

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.

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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.

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Poor Remy- Brooklyn, New York

What up Brooklyn? 

P o o r  R e m y

Adrian Galvin – Banjo, Vocals
Andrew D’Amico – Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Kenneth Polyak – Guitar, Violin, Vocals

We like a guy or three that can march to the beat of their own drummer.

These guys steal a piece of your heart and melodies lead to that moment of sweet repeat. A cross between the Avett Brothers and The Rocket Summer Poor Remy is a standout. Their music is forward and style sublime. 

Give their latest single, “Wrecking Ball” a listen and I promise you will be hooked.

Read on as you get to know more about what makes Poor Remy tick:

“Poor Remy is a group of three young gentlemen who moved to Brooklyn after graduating from Kenyon College. Our our first EP ‘Still Sleeping’ was recorded in the ancient studio under the campus bookstore and received some great attention from the blogosphere. We have played all the slightly bigger, small venues in NYC like Glasslands, Rockwood Music Hall, Cameo Gallery etc. The music erupted out of 3 intimate relationships which were cultivated at Kenyon in an intellectual environment filled with discussions of Hegel, Ultimate frisbee, french literature, and girls. Writing music is a way for us study ourselves and each other. Poor Remy makes manifest our most passionate obsessions about the world as an offering of ourselves, framing this liberal arts experience as a self-portrait. As Poor Remy, we offer our instruments, our voices, our hands and our fingers, we offer our entire selves to the listener. We offer our struggles, our explorations, our weaknesses and our idiosyncrasies. Our hope is that the message communicated by our music is bold and raw, and for those who identify with the ideas to gain some insight into their own lives, even if that insight is just the joy of hearing us leave it all out there.”

1. Home is where your story begins, can you tell us a bit about yours?

Well, at the moment, we reside in Ridgewood, Queens. Even when it’s clean, it’s mostly a mess, our combined interests and passions scattered about the floor, tables, anything willing to support them. The best thing about it is simply that we share a roof, and its ours. At any moment, someone can reach out and pick up an instrument, start a discussion, or simply share something meaningful. It’s nice, a great first place, and we definitely consider it home. But I think all of us, at least at the moment, crave something more. Maybe to be closer to nature. I think we’re still in the process of figuring it out, and our home in its semi-cluttered ever-in-flux look to it, provides a nice place to do so. 

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