–by Quincy Tejani, Music Connoisseur–
“I believe music is the single-greatest catalyst of human love, and the connection we all share between us. It is a powerful position we hold as songwriters. My hope is that my music can touch as many people as possible–and that they can find solace in my song.” – Jordan Paul
The philosophy written above comes across in all of Jordan Paul’s music. I believe that the reason the Toronto-based singer/songwriter continues to find great success is not due only to the fantastic songs that he writes, but the incredible passion and emotion that can be felt when you listen to them. His new LP Snacks is a collection of self-published tracks which take influence from ambient, Eastern, folk, and psychedelic music alike. The LP is interesting because it’s kind of like a taster plate of everything that makes Paul’s music so unique. On one track you will hear a fairly straightforward folk track (Archetype X) then later on you might hear a sitar instrumental (A Dream) and finally a spoken word interlude (Sunlight). Although the tracks are quite varied there is an overarching atmosphere found through the entire work. I find that when I listen to this album I feel similar emotions to when I hear post-rock LPs like Sigur Ros’ Agaetis Byrjun or Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s F#A#∞. These albums evoke feelings of incredible sadness and introspection but also somehow bring forth feelings of hope and possibility.
If there’s one reason why I continue listening to and reviewing music it is because every now and then I stumble upon a body of work that touches me at the core and makes me connect with something within myself that nothing else can. It takes special music to do that to me, and this my friends is special music.
Best Track: Rain
Quincy Tejani is the co-founder of The Violet Wave and is also editor of music. When he’s not listening to or writing about music you can probably find him walking through the forests of Ontario or questioning the inner workings of the universe. He also never turns down a cold Pabst… never.
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