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Glossolalia

by Jordan Klassen

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jpowell736 Another excellent album from Jordan Klassen! The arrangements and production on Glossolalia are a little more subdued than on the two previous albums but it allows the songwriting and Klassen's unique guitar playing style to really stand out. Requires headphones to hear all the musical subtleties. Favorite track: Brothers In Arms.
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1.
Lotusland 03:21
Always remember Bright-eyed defender I was still chasing you Fall down the staircase Part time and blind faith Questions we both outgrew Vancouver, do you bleed? Cast iron sunlight running down your sleeves All of this time we said Tied to your waters, hanging by a thread I was weighing options Warming to the caution Making up for misplaced time Walking in your hallways Sleeping in your enclaves Wandering upon your spine If you say to go then I will go If you want to keep me I’ll stay home Vancouver, do you know? Rain in the eavestroughs weighing on us all Sailor of many seas Gray as a moonstone, taller than the trees Vancouver, do you bleed? Cast iron sunlight running down your sleeves All of this time we said Tied to your waters, leaving us for dead Glass on the sidewalk, cut our feet Prone to escape but never leave Always remember Bright-eyed defender I am still chasing you
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Words to recite I awake before light I’ve been trying to change how I see Out on the lawn That old crow greets the dawn He’s squawking some dark blasphemy Dreamt of a room where my ancestors loom They’re lashing their Bibles and belts And mapping a line that leads straight to my mind Where i’ve been so hard on myself I’m trying my best to remember The nights we went walking in Rome And warm were the winds as the ships floated in And I wasn’t searching for home Rose took a loss and the weight lifted off She’s breathing in air made of gold Selling her wares in the west market square Just chatter and trinkets of old Left ‘em behind Every spirit defined Ideas that dare make themselves clear Cut off the ties like an old fishing line That got tangled in brambles of fear I’ve heard that to wonder is water And certainty dries up the spring But love is a claim and if it’s all the same Well I’d like to know a few things There are two roads where I’m standing And each one has called itself good But there’s light in the sky and I’ve got some supplies I just might make my way through the woods
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Carried Away 03:53
Myron says that more is less The noise is somewhat quieter at dark And he’s a little in love with The solitude, a bookish brood The silence sews a thread right through his thoughts So I say ‘Don’t get carried away Keep your head on your shoulders Don’t get carried away with it Twenty-one and on the run I fell into a hospital of priests We were a little in love with The potential of revival And asking who was greatest or the least Now we say We just got carried away We thought that we were anointed We just got carried away with it Valerie is poor and free She’s living where there are many mouths to feed And she’s a little in love with The notion of demotions dove She throws away her days for beauty’s bleed And she says I’ve been carried away Lost myself for a moment I’ve been carried away I’ve been carried away Lost myself I’ve been carried away with it
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Alice in the window I thought that I was brave Swimming in the bedlam that would one day be our grave Pass a resolution Cross my heart and die She says she knows me better than to ask if it’s a lie A grand display of madness and that twinkle in my eye But good intentions Were not enough To lift the darkest fog that held us up A folded letter Some solid gold And one more night to wonder if it’s getting old One man to another A father to a son You set your mind on something and you don’t leave it ‘til your done But Alice in the window Face against the glass Mouthing words to someone she met in a photograph Gives her heart to someone in the dust of aftermath ‘Cause good intentions Were not enough To lift the darkest fog that held us up But it’s no failure No dead-end road We just abandoned it For one that took us home Was only making a promise A promise to you Was only making a promise A promise to you Was only making a promise A promise to you Was only making a promise It’s what I put you through It’s what I put you through I see her in the window Now maybe I am brave For losing grip of something I was tied to as a slave
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Lost breath It’s a quarter to one We’ve been waiting for the winds to shift Pale-faced at the letter he wrote Could we ever come back from this? I’m not a fly on the wall Or an innocent monolith But I couldn’t tell you I didn’t hope when he said ‘Could we ever come back from this?’ Oh you aren’t some little boy Who needs the world explained Maybe we’re just airing out Noon flight With her arms in the air All the rhythm inside her slipped He’s there And his eyes are like plates Could we ever come back from this? And if you could see us know After everything you risked Maybe we would make you proud That we’re gonna come back from this There’s still time to live our days as brothers in arms Like brothers in arms There’s still time to turn the boat around Ask to forgive well it’s already done It’s already done, I’ve already laid the whole thing down There’s still time to live our days as brothers in arms Like brothers in arms There’s still time to turn the boat around Ask to forgive well it’s already done It’s already done, I’ve already laid the whole thing down
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Pangea 04:10
Are we closer or farther away? All the cards fall together Shooting higher but your foot’s in the way No more birds of a feather But old Pangea calls me to her shores Farewell to holding court and settling scores I’m caught up in stories from before How romantic to dream of a time Unencumbered by fashion But I forget that to dream is to lie Purity is a phantom So this revision skips the dull and dread ‘Cause history tatters when you pull at the threads And old Pangea asks me to explore But I don’t want the speed of light anymore I’m caught up in stories from before
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Because I could taste it Because I have heard this all before I’m hopeful and faceless And still leave my letters at my door By your door When you offered a seat at the table I thought I was still in the red And dressed in ashes to see if you’re able To raise the dead I’m happy to eat you I know it’s been some time since I last Was steadfast and see-through Delayed when the sky is overcast But I still feel that old shame The bastard won’t back down from a fight So write down a new name How long have I lived with a parasite? A parasite… When you offered a seat at the table I thought I was still in the red And dressed in ashes to see if you’re able To raise the dead To raise the dead To raise the dead When you offered a seat at the table I thought I was still in the red And dressed in ashes to see if you’re able To raise the dead When you offered a seat at the table I thought I was still in the red And dressed in ashes to see if you’re able To raise the dead
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Niko 02:48
The lies are lower than the faultlines If you want to know the truth You gotta dig into the gold mines Where all the taller tales are proof So i’m like ‘Niko, Niko’ And she says ‘don’t go, don’t go’ We’re all like ‘Niko, Niko, don’t go down this dark road’ But Niko already knows If you want to fill the ocean With every story that you sail Well it’s not deep enough to hold ‘em It’s not deep enough to hold ‘em Just a drop inside your pail So i’m like ‘Niko, Niko’ And she says ‘don’t go, don’t go’ We’re all like ‘Niko, Niko, don’t go down this dark road’ Niko says the writing’s on the wall And I Wonder if the words are just too small for my eyes So we’re like We’re all like So i’m like ‘Niko, Niko’ And she says ‘don’t go, don’t go’ We’re all like ‘Niko, Niko, don’t go down this dark road’
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A sleeper in the cabin Waiting for a sign To melt the icy windows So i can see outside The summer heat to break this divide In most memories you were hiding from me In most memories you were hiding from me Lover I’m a phony Though I have screamed and wailed I built these walls that hold me I drove home every nail And wanted all the silence they entail Deep down I knew I was hiding from you Deep down I knew I was hiding from you I smell a feast in the woods The flora and the grass The path I always knew I would I hear an orchestra play The piping of the wind The trees bowing in its way

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Glossolalia was a record I wrote mostly as a surge in creativity throughout the pandemic. Everything was written just me and a guitar. I didn't want to get too bogged down with production or arrangement. I just wanted to make songs that stood on their own, and that would work well solo.

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released April 8, 2022

All songs written by Jordan Klassen
Produced, engineered and mixed by Jonathan Anderson at Protection Island Studios
Hand percussion on "Milk and Honey", "Brothers In Arms", "Niko" and "Sleeper In The Cabin" performed by Jason Winikoff
Strings on "Carried Away", "Good Intentions", "Pangea" and "Niko" performed by Black Dog Quartet
Strings on "Lotusland" performed by Brian Chan and Caleb Chan
Drums and woodwinds on "Hard On Myself", woodwinds on "Pangea" performed by Scott Currie
Drums on "Niko" performed by Simon Bridgefoot
Drums on "Good Intentions" performed by Josh Contant
Additional vocals on "Lotusland" by Sam Lynch
Additional vocals on "Milk and Honey" and "Hard On Myself" by Alexandria Maillot
Additional vocals on "Ash Wednesday" and "Niko" by Olivia Sharpe
Trombones on "Milk and Honey" performed by Lance Odegard
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering

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Fairy-folk for troubled times from Vancouver, British Columbia.

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