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Jordana with Wormy
For 19-year-old Jordana Nye, kaleidoscopic bedroom pop songs aren’t merely outlets for observations, but ways to endure and embrace turbulence. Listeners will hear in full when she re-releases her treasured debut album Classical Notions of Happiness with three brand-new songs on March 27 via Grand Jury Records.
Growing up Jordana was surrounded by music in the most devout sense of the word. Her father, an organ player at the local church, encouraged her to learn piano from a young age. Instead, she found herself drawn to the violin, which she played for years before eventually switching to guitar. Classical Notions of Happiness is the culmination of a decade of practice and a slow delve into the expanses of SoundCloud. “I had all these singles and I just wanted a place where I could put all of them,” she explains.
The album opens on “Remembering U,” an undulating recollection of a high school principal-mandated moment of silence for a friend she lost to suicide. “In this day and age, on social media, you can really tell if someone is struggling with mental illness,” Jordana says. “Because it’s become normalized, sometimes it can be taken less seriously. Sometimes relating to each other just isn’t enough.”
That tremendous loss — not just of a friend, but of the youthful notion that things will always be okay — informs the ebb and flow of Classical Notions of Happiness. Daydreams blur with reality, watercolor melodies ooze into internal monologues and observations, and amid all of the record’s conflicting emotions, Jordana makes certain that there’s something to sway to. “There’s this constant longing throughout these songs to feel ‘normal,’ which I don’t think will ever happen,” she notes. “But still, there are so many aspects to even just feeling okay.”
Wormy is the solo venture of Noah Rauchwerk, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and touring drummer for Samia. Collaborators on the project include Brotherkenzie of Hippo Campus and Baby Boys, Samia, Erik Paulson of Remo Drive, Nick Sebastiano of Another Michael, Little Hag, and Ian Grey of The Great American Novel. With Wormy, Rauchwerk seeks to tell moment-to-moment stories backed by a dynamic orchestration that mimics the scattered nature of daily life. It combines the simplistic songwriting of folk music with catchy, bouncy, and largely electronic arrangements that are impossible to resist moving to, even after being trapped in your tiny apartment for a year.