On first view, young Ezra Jordan looks uncannily like writer Ernest Hemingway, who once toiled at the Toronto Star as a beat reporter from 1920 to 1924. Indeed, an initial listen to Jordan’s recent work suggests personal dispatches assessing a range of emotions much to do with the Covid interruption and downtime.
His latest entry, Dollarama, has captured six million streams across Spotify and YouTube. Jordan is the offspring of notable Canadian songwriters Marc Jordan and Amy Sky.
“This song was written during one of my lowest points during the pandemic,” Ezra shares. “I was suffering from a pretty significant depressive episode. My plans to move to LA had been derailed, and I had lost my job and moved back with my parents.
“I took stock of my life, my relationships, my friends, and my self-image, and tried to figure out where this empty feeling was coming from.
“Out of that, I wrote Dollarama.’
Coming soon—Jordan’s sophomore album 117, a five-track EP.
“This collection of songs is, without a doubt, the most meaningful and vulnerable music I’ve ever released,” he says. “I’ve been doing this ‘music thing’ for a while now, but I think it took this many years to feel fully realized as a writer and an artist.”
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