Jordan Wilson’s debut single and music video Totem is an experimentation with his sound as a freshly individual artist. Totem is a song championing music without rules, beginning as a trial project which Wilson allowed to take him where it may. The end result is a stripped back and reflective track, which speaks to Wilson’s deeper appreciation for the creative process.
Wilson formed Georgia Fair with Benjamin Riley back in 2007, at the age of 13. When asked about how he was first drawn to music, Wilson considered a particularly jarring experience involving a piano recital as the turning point in his musical trajectory.
“It was one of those moments that I thought back on and realised that it shaped how I felt about wanting to rebel in music. I like songwriting as a popular format because you have more creativity.”
Speaking on going solo, Wilson expressed that he had always felt an urge to do something on his own. Totem was his way of realising that urge, as naturally as possible.
“My producer and I were collaborating and I was in a pretty heavy dialogue with him about the process. It was really enjoyable. I just wanted to have fun in the studio.”
Totem is a song about Wilson taking back his voice. Following the deterioration of a long-term relationship, songwriting played a pivotal role in allowing Wilson to vent “some pretty heavy feelings”. Infused with inspiration from Aldous Harding’s poetic language and the minimalistic sounds of Mark Coslick, for Wilson Totem is a colloquial exploration of his relationship with music.
To accompany the single, Wilson also released his first music video. A saturated Australian backyard paired with Wilson’s funky dance moves unearths a sunnier take on the song.
“I rip out a bunch of pages from classic literature and I’m stringing it up on a hill hoist. I wanted it to signify my relationship with writing.”
In his spare time Wilson has also managed to piece together his first book. Some Short, Some Long presents a collection of “several short stories, a longer story and poems withillustrations to match.”
If you still can’t get enough of Wilson’s work, you can look forward to devouring more of his musical writing later this year.
“I’m looking at putting my second single out in September and I’m also working on some new stuff with Georgia Fair. I might even do a livestream of Totem during lockdown.”