plus The Carlines
Big Intruder is an album about growing up and making adult decisions. The eleven tracks, which Jordan Klassen wrote and recorded in his own studio in Vancouver, venture away from the whimsical soundscapes of his past work and exude themes of growth and maturity, both in lyrics and sound.
The record was written as a deliberate reaction to Klassen's own inclinations in songwriting. The singer-songwriter moniker has long caused him discomfort, as he felt that it connoted a very specific sound, namely “acoustic guitars and shitty coffee shops.” In past records such as Javelin (2016) and Repentance (2013), Klassen strived for a cinematic sound, avoiding drum kits and anything that sounded like a band. In Big Intruder, Klassen confronts those prejudices. He spent a lot of time listening to the greats—Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell—and broadened his own understanding of the singer-songwriter concept. Now, he sees it less as a specific sound, and more as the act of one person telling a story. The resulting songs are intimate and personal, guided by a sense of honesty and vulnerability.