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Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.
Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Jordan Anderson.
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Earlier this year we reviewed an album we loved from a northwest acoustic musician with an unmistakable sound. Here’s some of what we had to say in the review:
Side A arises with “Rain/Wood.” Its elemental concerns orientate both nature and spirit. “Lonely” produces a fuzz of warmth resting on Anderson’s longing guitar strums. “You Are The Heavens” seems to elevate the listener’s mood toward a gentle crescendo. This comes in the soft steps of “The Rain it Raineth Every Day” followed by the gorgeously realized “Sundaylight”.
“Sundaylight”, the standout ballad from this collection, should’ve been on year-end lists back when released in 2014. Though cryptic and faint, Anderson’s sweeping piano-driven melody soothes as it crushes. It’s tenderly hummable and not far off lineage to Elliot Smith’s best work.
Side B’s songs are molded out of similar clay as Side A. Anderson’s words and instrumental phrasing find refuge through his elusive proclamations. He never sounds uncommitted or unsure, rather not interested in lifting the veil too far off. Consider the Christian mysticism woven into the song titles and the cover’s Trinitarian geometric pattern. Anderson’s common day incantations are everywhere, yet his spiritual wholeness/emptiness is mildly cloaked so one isn’t too sure what he’s reaching from/towards.
While cassettes still rub some crowds as gimmicky and old hat, the lavish packaging, poems, and layout on Selected are breathtaking. Anderson’s music fits the aesthetic. It’s private and tangibly set apart from the all-consuming streaming service juggernauts.
Check out the latest release from Jordan Anderson’s HERE and we’re sure you’ll agree it’s top-notch stuff.
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Submissions for 100 Bands in 100 Days are still open to any Pacific Northwest band interested in submitting. If you would like to submit for a chance to be featured in this segment, consult this link for more information on how you can do so.
A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.