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Ezra Jordan 117: music videos

Ballads that move.

Ezra Jordan 117 EP released October 8, 2021. Jordan, based in Toronto, also made four music videos for the project this summer and fall.

Those are what I’ll talk about here.

Watch & listen to Ezra Jordan 117

The best of the four songs is “Dollarama” (all songs stylized in all lowercase). It blew me away when I heard it for the first time this summer.

It’s soft pop, and if an older singer did it, you’d call it adult contemporary.

But wow, does it move! Ballads that move are the best.

The video matches the song’s mood well and brings some good realizations of its theme.

And then “Bitter” is the best video. Kudos to Jordan — he has hit something broadly relatable and funny in his art, for a lot of people our age.

He only has a bit part in this video, but it contributes!

When I reached “Heaven Help Me”, I came down. It’s the most sombre of the songs by a mile, and some of the attributes of Jordan’s singing in general caught up with me.

His voice has aggressive pitch processing when he does the R&B-ish runs and turns. It’s a sound, but to me it doesn’t fit his classic songwriting vibe.

“Heaven Help Me” has a solid arrangement, and if it gets performed live I could see it reaching that anthemic power.

Then “Who I Am” tries to wrap it all up. But does it? You be the judge:

For sure, it locks in the musical mood: sad vibes all the way, not the ironic soul-pop of “Bitter”.

I’ve listened to his dad but Jordan is his own man, of course. This series of video singles, especially “Dollarama”, is among my favourite new releases I’ve been told about by a PR colleague all year.

Choose your streaming platform here and listen to Ezra Jordan 117.

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.