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Emerald Glass – Jordan Paul

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Emerald Glass

Emerald Glass has an interesting aesthetic. Nothing about its presentation feels modelled or derivative at all. In fact, it maintains a ‘classic’ sound authentically and effortlessly. Without knowing otherwise, you’d be forgiven for thinking it a track buried in an old record collection.

Led by an acoustic guitar and voice, the track starts out with a charming simplicity. A few lines are gently strummed with a lightly meandering melody. A quiet pause before the ensemble arrives. 

Dry punching drums sounds lay a foundation for the rest of the work. Calmy pushing onwards and anchoring the rising and falling of the arrangement. In its peaks, the drums hold a minimal enough beat that the surrounding instrumentation is able to take the focus. However, a jovial sense of pace is there and welcome.

The waves of dynamic highs and lows make the structure of the work. With the guitar and voice ever-present, the role of the ensemble is simply to reinforce and further articulate these contrasting sections. The drums reflect this perhaps more than any other element in the track. The slightly noisy, dry tone perfectly complements the more treble heavy quitter moments outside of the choruses. With slight developments each time these stripped back sections are returned to, the percussion keeps the repetitive structure feeling fresh and with a sense of evolution.

The harmonic content of the work fits perfectly with its romantic, almost dreamy aesthetic. The song writing has a timeless authenticity and performance, though it manages to feel equally modern in its written style. Should each voice be swapped for a synthesised equivalent, one could comfortably imagine this is a radio pop hit. Though it’s fair to assume that the track was written instrument in hand, always meant to sound the way it does.

  • Overall rating: 8.5/10
  • Pairs well with: The Whole Love Wilco

Jordan Paul

Jordan Paul is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. His style is immediately distinctive, boasting notes of delicate, spacious alt-folk delivered with a shimmering, ghostly falsetto that heals and haunts simultaneously.

Multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor, Talking Heads) calls Jordan Paul “Canada’s Jeff Buckley.” Music blogger Jeremy Gladstone muses, “if Queen, Mimicking Birds, Radiohead, and Led Zeppelin had a beautiful love child, thy name would be Jordan Paul.”

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