We re-released Jordana’s sleeper debut Classical Notions of Happiness in March of 2020. Know what else happened in March of 2020? The whole world ground to a halt. Obviously that didn’t slow Jordana’s creative output down – she dropped a pair of EPs and combined them into Something To Say To You, a 12″ that earned her Best of 2020 or Looking Forward to 2021 list spots at Stereogum, Paste, NME, Pigeons & Planes and more. It’s hard to believe that touring hasn’t been a thing basically since we started working together. So it’s sort of surreal to type these words:
Jordana is going on tour.
Should we type them again? Jordana is going on tour. Still weird, but undeniably true. This morning TV Girl announced a masssssssive run of dates which will all include an acoustic set from Jordana. Poster for the tour is below. Tickets are available here.
On “Push Me Away” — out everywhere today — Jordana joins forces with Mica Tanenbaum of simulation-dwelling synth pop duo Magdalena Bay. Their styles mesh perfectly on a song that’s essentially a runaway freight train of electro pop with a few detours into aughts-indebted guitar skuzz. The video, shot and edited by Tanenbaum out in LA, is all cyberpunk bathroom graffiti and laser-obsessed early 90s ephemera. So, in a word, perfect.
“Push Me Away” is the latest single to emerge on the heels of last year’s Something To Say To You, a record which landed Jordana on Best New Artist lists at Stereogum, Paste, NME, Pigeons & Planes and more. The song was produced by Jai Wolf and MELVV, with single artwork designed by Julia Fletcher, below.
It’s only been a few months since the release of Jordana’s Something To Say To You 12”, but since then she’s moved to New York (we’re neighbors now!) and gone straight to work – seriously the amount of incredible Jordana songs that are in the works is sort of insane. Speaking of, today she’s back with “Doubt of Revival,” a new collaborative single featuring Ryan Woods, an LA based pop outlier who appears courtesy of East West Records. On “Doubt of Revival” Jordana mixes the R&B influences that permeated moments of her most recent record with the crunchy guitars and aughts indie-rock influences of her earlier singles into a hybrid that is as immediate and fresh as it is nostalgic and cozy. As with her early bedroom recordings Jordana is able to sing about paralyzing and agonizing moments with an ease and grace that she brings to every aspect of her art and self. “Doubt of Revival” is an infinitely replayable song soundtracking the uneasiness of modernity without ever succumbing to it.
“Doubt of Revival” is a song written about the obsessive thoughts that have haunted me from past decisions and my internal struggle with the uncertainty of being able to grow from these decisions and experiences,” says Jordana. “Fitting enough, given the current state of the world, this song was made over Zoom! I am definitely wary about Zoom sessions, because I can’t help but goof off, seemingly most of the time! But working with [producer] Cameron Hale and Ryan was a blast and extremely rewarding considering how happy I am with the song we were able to make remotely.”
“Doubt of Revival” was produced by Cameron Hale (Claud, Khalid) and mixed by Billy Lemos (Still Woozy, Overcoats). The single artwork was designed by Julia Fletcher, while the YouTube visuals were created by Tall Glass With Ice. The visuals were inspired by Fletcher’s art and created using a series of actual screenprints of both Jordana & Ryan to animate the images to life. A handful of those hand-numbered screenprints were sent to fans in advance of the single’s release and have started to crop up across social media.
It’s been quite the year for Jordana. In March we re-issued her sleeper debut Classical Notions of Happiness. Then the world abruptly fell apart. Using the time she would have spent touring in support of the album (seriously, there were like 60 dates!), she quickly turned around a batch of new material that radically expanded on the homespun bedroom pop of her debut. The result is today’s Something To Say To You, a piece of music meant to be consumed as a whole or as two distinct sections: Something to Say, which was released in July, and the thought-completing To You, which arrives alongside the full album.
“These EP’s have two different atmospheres,” Jordana recently told Our Culture, in an artist spotlight feature, “where Something To Say is more vague and To You is more direct, but when they all come together, the atmospheres collide, with different emotions in a matter of minutes, throughout the album, with all of the different genres we touch.”
Earlier this week she teased the record with one final single, “Reason.” The track follows in the footsteps of “I Guess This Is Life,” sprinkling piano on top of a perfect bass lines, only this time around swapping out the uke-led springiness for a more methodical beat. “It’s is a song of realization,” says Jordana. “How you can find worth and happiness in life just by showing love and compassion through simple gestures and being present in the moment.” The video, directed by the incredibly talented Ethan Nelson, is a moment worth being present in.
When Lauren Laverne spun “I Guess This Is Life” on 6 Music earlier this Fall, her description of the track summarized exactly why we feel so hard for Jordana’s music in the first place: “Lovely, gentle, exploratory, contemplative, tongue in cheek and funny – something really kind of youthful and beautiful about this.” Exactly! Jordana doesn’t write songs that make the listener feel young, she writes songs that make you feel like being old doesn’t – or couldn’t – exist. Something To Say To You, out digitally today and on vinyl Jan 22nd, is her second record. From those sun-drenched piano notes on “Life,” to the Beta Band baiting vibes of “Reason,” to the high temp kissoff of “F*** You,” the album overflows with exuberance. We’re lucky to be delivering this music to you today.
“I Guess This Is Life” is the latest single from Jordana. While recent releases flexed either heavier or poppier muscles, this tune sounds like a panoramic take on the indie-folk bedroom sound of her debut Classical Notions Of Happiness. With the aid of Jordana’s now-regular collaborator MELVV, the track brings together his incredibly precise production and Jordana’s sweetly sung, crystal clear vocals. Like much of her recent output, this is a coming-of-age song; grappling with what faith is, perceiving and being perceived, being attuned to how the most seemingly innocuous experiences in your life can give you pause and affect you deeply. The music video, shot in Wichita, KS, was produced by another of Jordana’s close collaborators, Mel Mercer, who is also responsible for all of her recent press photos.
Of the song, Jordana says, “it’s about the motions of everyday life and how experiences, no matter big or small, make up the person that you are and how you both perceive and are perceived by the world”
Jordana previously announced the release of the …To You EP. The six-song collection is the completion of a two-part series she kicked off with July’s Something To Say EP. The two EPs will be compiled together to make up Something To Say To You LP, the full-length follow up to the aforementioned Classical Notions.
Limited edition light blue LP available exclusively via Bandcamp here.
Today Jordana has announced the upcoming release of the …To You EP, with the new single & music video for “Divine,” directed by Nick D’Agostino. The six-song collection is the completion of a two-part series the Kansas songwriter kicked off with July’s Something To Say EP. But that’s not it: the two EPs will be compiled together to make up – you guessed it! – Something To Say To You, the full-length follow up to Classical Notions of Happiness, which we reissued back in March. The 12″ LP will be available for pre-order this fall (more details soon!) and is set for release December 4th, same date as this new EP will hit digital shelves.
A lot has happened for the buzzy 20-year-old in the two years since she dropped Classical Notions Of Happiness. And it shows. The new single, “Divine”, traverses Jordana’s trauma from past relationships and the lengthy road to finding her confidence, peace and strength. The chorus acts as a mantra of sorts with Jordana repeating “Some day I’ll find / Somewhere divine”. About the song, Jordana says: “Divine is a song I wrote that speaks on the exhausting cycle of emotional battles and mental recovery that I’ve endured from past relationships.”
With Jordana’s impeccable guitar work front and center, and the expansive production of NYC’s MELVV, both collections of songs convey the, rather incredibly fast, growth from the stripped down bedroom pop of her debut. Jordana continues to write immediately compelling, relatably raw, personal songs about her struggles with emotional duress; whether about toxic relationships on first single “Divine”, calling out abusers in her scene with the rage filled, yet incredibly catchy, “F**k You,” or the deeply honest relationship struggles of “Decline.”
Today Jordana unveils the Something To Say EP, the first in a two-part series that finds the Kansas songwriter expanding her sound into brave new territory. Just a few days ago, she teased us with “Forgetter,” the bittersweet EP closer. An ode to self-reflection and personal growth, “Forgetter” is an indie-pop tune that draws on the more gentle elements of Jordana’s debut LP, Classical Notions Of Happiness. But, as with all of her new material, the song takes a more lush route to get there courtesy of rising NYC staple MELVV. Accompanied by a beautifully stark black and white animated video directed by Tess Lafia (@_tess_lafia_) and animated by Lily Lin (@itslily.lin), Jordana says “Forgetter is a song about self reflection. It’s about the times I’ve let people down in relationships and the unhealthy ways I’ve coped with my own shortcomings.”
With the release of Something To Say, fans are treated to the unreleased material that rounds out the 6-song release: the taut pop of Guaranteed, the overpowering beat of “Hitman,” and the spindly indie grunge of “Far Away From You.”
The second installment in the EP series, To You, can’t come soon enough. Luckily, it will follow this fall. And we couldn’t be more excited for you to hear it.
Jordana turned heads earlier this spring with the re-release of her acclaimed debut LP Classical Notions of Happiness. Today — only a week after the Kansas-based songwriter’s 20th birthday — she’s turning more with the announcement of a two-part EP series that stretches throughout the rest of 2020. The first installment, Something To Say, is coming July 31st, and is heralded today by new single & music video, “Big”. The second installment will follow this fall. Both collections, produced by “Crunch” collaborator and rising NYC staple MELVV, find Jordana embracing a newfound, heavier sound and experimenting in ways she only began to hint at on the new material that found its way onto the repackaged Classical Notions.
“Big is written about my experience of entering a state of pure confidence. It describes the fearlessness that I’ve taken on to reach this point,” says Jordana. The music video, directed by Ethan Nelson, and recently shot overnight on the empty streets of New York City, captures that same sense of possibility and overflowing aplomb.
A month ago Jordana briefly returned with the stand-alone single “I’ll Take It Boring.” That track now opens the EP. Expect one more taste from the EP, the soaring indie pop of its closer “Forgetter,” before its late July release. That’s the art up above. Tracklist below. Pre-save here.
01 I’ll Take It Boring
05 Far Away From You
It feels like just yesterday we re-released Classical Notions of Happiness, Jordana’s debut album. That’s probably because it was only last month, and time has ceased to exist over the past few weeks. Seriously, what day is it?
But, as you’ll soon come to find out, Jordana is prolific. Very prolific. So she’s back already. Returning today with a brand new single “I’ll Take It Boring.” Remotely reprising that fruitful working relationship with with up-and-coming New York producer and musician MELVV (who also produced the stand-out single ‘Crunch’ from the aforementioned LP ) Jordana is embracing the maximal sounds that shone on that re-released debut. But put to tape from a safe social distance. “I’ll Take It Boring” is a driving indie-pop song lathered in synths, electronic drums and ambient sound, all paying their own respects to Jordana’s adept guitar work at the center of it all.
A timely ode to staying home Jordana says ‘I’ll Take It Boring’ is “a song about my experience at a Halloween party which I regretted attending. It’s a song for all the introverts out there, for all the people who feel like blowing off their weekend plans and staying home.” Stream it or buy it wherever you do that sort of thing.
Today we are incredibly proud to release Classical Notions of Happiness, the expanded and remastered debut album from Kansas songwriter Jordana. Its original 10 tracks, which we fell in love with on first listen back in 2019, have been supplemented with a trio of new tunes – the buoyant, synth-led pop of “Signs,” the roiling 90s alt nostalgia of “Crunch,” and one of the 10 songs you need in your life right now according to The FADER: “Sway.” The new songs showcase three brave new directions for Jordana’s songwriting. The lo-fi bedroom aesthetic of her early material blossoms here, while still maintaining a decidedly DIY spirit. This record is really, really good, and we can’t wait for you to hear what comes next!
Because the world is understandably upside down at the moment, Jordana’s upcoming dates with TV Girl are uncertain at the moment. Watch this space for updates there. And while cancelations or postponements would be a huge bummer, they’re very necessary at the moment. Everyone is going through it together right now. Including our friends at indie retail. So, if you’re able, we’d ask that you support your local independent retailer. Many shops are doing delivery, curb side pick up and other creative methods to stay afloat. We don’t want to envision a world with any less record stores, so if you can, do your part and buy this record at an indie store. Check this link to find one near you. And if there isn’t one nearby, you can always snag the baby pink LP over on Bandcamp while supplies last.