Jordan Klassen – “Firing Squad” & “Falling” (Haim Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Canadian musician Jordan Klassen describes his music as folk, but judging from the songs on his upcoming single, it’s more like the Merriweather Post Pavilion version of folk. Klassen, who hails from Vancouver and Calgary, plays melodious, straightforward tunes, yet there’s a whimsical spirit about them that suggests they could veer into fantasy at a moment’s notice. A-side “Firing Squad” is so poppy I can almost imagine it getting top 40 radio airplay. Still, the feeling is more “winsome, uptempo indie-pop” than “faceless assembly-line hit.” There’s real personality in it, and that personality shines through in Klassen’s transformative, dreamlike cover of Haim’s “Falling,” which serves as the B-side. Check out both tracks below.

The “Firing Squad” b/w “Falling” single is out 11/18 on Nevado. Klassen has some West Coast dates at the end of November and a lengthy tour of Germany and Switzerland in December:

11/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe w/ Mirel Wagner
11/21 San Francisco, CA @ Neck Of The Woods
11/27 Vancouver, BC @ TELUS Street Festival
11/30 Portland, OR @ White Eagle
12/04 Berlin, Germany @ Grüner Salon
12/05 Hannover, Germany @ Lux
12/06 Köln, Germany @ Die Wohngemeinschaft
12/07 Münster, Germany @ Pension Schmidt
12/08 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
12/10 Leipzig, Germany @ Wärmehalle
12/11 Göttingen, Germany @ Nörgelbuff
12/12 Erlangen, Germany @ E Werk
12/17 Lausanne, Switzerland @ Bleu Lézard
12/18 Nyon, Switzerland @ La Parenthèse
12/19 Biel, Switzerland @ étage
12/20 Aarau, Switzerland @ Tuchlaube