Jordan Dean, remember the name: This guy is a serious talent and will definitely be on the indie pop scene for a long time to come. Although he may reside across the pond in the USA, his heores are closer to home for us British folk.
Inspired by the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T and The Kooks, Jordan has incorporated a number of aspects from these artists into his new EP ‘Local’.
In his own words: “When I first started songwriting, I really wanted to be able to control a room with just an acoustic guitar. However, as I got older and started hanging around local music venues, meeting other musicians, and coming to appreciate great bands, I shifted my focus to sounding more like the bands that I fell in love with so much.”
“I pull from a lot of different influences and styles. I’m a huge fan of the post-punk revival bands like the Strokes, the Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys and have seemed to lean more heavily on those influences for my latest material as I always find myself coming back to those recordings and not getting bored of them” – Jordan
After the success of his first two singles ‘Gone’ and ‘Lost‘, the artist is constantly bettering himself. Writing mostly about his personal life experiences, Jordan is hoping he can relate to listeners while staying true to his unique style.
Having only just turned 21, it’s fair to say his success has only just started. The first sign of the raw talent he possesses comes in the form of the EP’s eponymous lead track ‘Local’.
The classic indie pop vibe hits you right from the off, taking me back to the days I was 15, discovering the likes of Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks.
His style is incredibly unique, but I did pick up a hint of Jamie T in his singing, particularly in the half and half mix of speaking the lyrics as well as singing them.
With this stripped back style, we get to see the raw talent he has, rather than having to peel back the layers of post production to see what he’s really made of.
However, not to be outdone by those who inspired him, he introduces a Blues-esque guitar solo towards the end of ‘Local’. This changes up the vibe of the track and stops it from sliding into the ‘every other indie tune’ pile.
The excitement doesn’t stop there though. Another track of Jordan‘s upcoming EP, ‘Drunk’, holds a special place in my heart.
As it begins, a classic AM style guitar greets us, like the start of ‘The View From The Afternoon’. Unlike that particular track, this has a much more mellow feel to it. Personally, I think this makes the tune more enjoyable.
It puts you in a comfortable position from start to finish, so you’re really able to appreciate everything it has to offer.
The biggest point about this song is its comparability to the late, great Viola Beach – and not just because of the similarity in song titles.
In a complete tragedy, one of the most promising young bands were stolen from us when Viola Beach’s bus crashed during their world tour, sadly taking all the band member’s lives.
The fact Jordan has whispers of this band in his music is truly special. When talent like that disappears it’s integral that we do all we can to keep their legacy alive. For me, this track certainly does that with a chillingly delightful likeness.
Local is a truly mind blowing EP and one that I’ll be listening to for a long time to come. To Jordan:
‘This collection of songs were written when I was 18 and 19 and they just have to do with coming into young adulthood. I think they both encapsulate the young fun side of drinking and that but also carry some emotional weight of growing up. The songs all have to do with relationships with friends, family, and the people that were around me at that time’.
Whilst the EP isn’t set to grace our ears until 12th March, you can listen to other tracks from the artist by following the link below.
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