Tell us about your new single ‘Totem’?
It’s my debut solo single. I had this idea of the song as a tool for esoteric communication. The first line speaks ‘met four winds with a fair and violent force’ which is talking about the chaos I was feeling at the time, and how I believed I matched it with an equally strong force in what I was doing with my work. My favourite line in the second verse is ‘you’re no threat like a never ending war’ which talks about that constant pressure which ends up not being a threat because it’s always there, it’s something you accept and live with.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)
I usually like the latest thing I’ve done so Totem, but to dig back into some of my songs I really love Wasting Time from Georgia Fair’s third album The World’s Awake. The drum sound, the world it creates, it has such an attitude and sparsity that it leaves you holding your breath. It was the song that pulled that record together ‘and we’ll sit and smoke a ciggie in the bleachers, try our best not to scare ourselves away’ it takes me somewhere, to someone.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
It’s a Thai Green Curry, because it’s always there for me, it’s got veggies but it’s also so creamily delicious. The chicken is just a bonus really. I forget about it and then at the perfect moment it emerges and saves my life.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I’m too naughty on the road and in the studio.
What, or who, inspires you?
Trees are a big one for me, the other day I was thinking to myself, this tree that stands in front of me, will probably outlive me, it doesn’t have to do anything to have value, it makes me feel warm, and if someone comes and chops it down there is nothing it can do about it. Also books, books and more books. Historical one’s, fantastical one’s and biographical one’s.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Dark Child by Marlon Williams. It’s quite possibly the saddest song I’ve ever heard, up there with some of Townes Van Zandt’s songs. But told in such a poetic, eloquent and beautiful way. Suppose that’s what they call a tragedy. Good on ya Marlon!
What’s next for you?
I’m working on my book of short stories called ‘Some Short, Some Long’ there’s 12 short stories/anecdotes, one longer one and three poems. Lots of studio time at the moment for myself and Georgia Fair as well.
What’s your scene?
My scene is a football oval with an empty bleacher. A suburban curbside. A front deck with a swinging chair and an old pillow.
JORDAN WILSON ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO SINGLE & VIDEO TOTEM
“In stark difference to the uplifting indie-pop Georgia Fair are known for, ‘Totem’ brings us a new, darker side of Wilson’s songwriting, showcasing a more vulnerable, more moving Wilson than we’ve previously seen” ROLLING STONE AU
Treasured Aussie songwriter Jordan Wilson, of Georgia Fair, has today announced his debut solo single Totem, a moving piece of music reflective of both a past relationship and the sacred process of writing itself, out today – June 10. Totem is accompanied by a sweet, nostalgic video, directed by Odin Umeofia. In between launching his solo project, and working on a new Georgia Fair record, Jordan is also set to release a book entitled Some Short, Some Long, in late 2021.
Produced by Daniel Lee Kendall, Totem is a contemplative track, to say the least. It steps outside of the immediacy of heartbreak to analyse the sanctified act of songwriting as a healing process, as a reason, as a way to understand thoughts, actions, feelings. Evocative of the brilliant songwriting of Aldous Harding and Mark Kozelek, Totem is a layered, masterful piece of music. The gentle, comforting strumming of the acoustic guitar leaves plenty of space for Jordan’s understated yet undeniably moving voice to take centrestage – imploring the audience to really listen to the lyrics.
Speaking on the inspiration behind it, Jordan reflects, “This song is about a long relationship that ended pretty abruptly and quickly, and it created a real sense of loss and confusion in my life – but music helped to mitigate the void that it created, in some kind of way. It helped me stay connected to something higher. The idea is that the process of writing, and the song itself, is the Totem – something that you can use to hang on to and worship, so to speak.”
The video for Totem is brighter than one might think, after considering the subject matter of the song. Highly saturated colours abound as Jordan dances somehow both with rigidity and serenity in a classically Australian backyard, complete with Hills Hoist clothesline and greyhound companion. Despite its light exterior, though, there is a darkness to the clip too, as Jordan explains, “I came up with the concept with my brother Lavrence. In the clip I am ripping out a bunch of pages from some classic literature – sort of showing the pursuit of self-discovery through the human language. Then there’s a beautiful release where I string up all the pages on the Hills Hoist and ‘air it out’, so to speak…with the leaf blower.”
A deep thinker and creative soul to the core, Jordan Wilson is currently juggling his new solo project alongside album sessions with Georgia Fair and the upcoming release of his first book. Some Short, Some Long will be released in late 2021 and includes several short stories, one longer story and poems with illustrations to match.
Totem is out now!