For the 79th installment of the In The Record Store podcast, singer-songwriter Jordan Kirk swung by the Oranjudio recording studio in Grandview Heights.
Although he was quick with his wit and confident in his answers, that wasn't always the case.LISTEN IN
"Not until recently was I comfortable at all on stage -- just terrible anxiety," Kirk said.
Yes, there is a vulnerability to his music, displayed in his live performances of "I Know, I Know I Don't" and "Rocheblave" on the podcast.
But the vulnerability lends for some raw lyricism. Kirk's sultry voice smoothly echoes, "I want to tell you that you're wrong," on "I Know, I Know I Don't," a song that ends with subtle humming, personifying its message of a lost relationship.
"It's a song about learning a lesson and not being in the right and knowing that and getting through it,'" Kirk said.
Kirk's latest LP, "Ragamuffin Parade," features the Columbus musician exploring the piano for the first time. The wintry keys on "I Know, I Know I Don't" pair well with Kirk's frigid openness.
The album runs 10 tracks deep; Kirk wrote them over the course of five years, with relationships occupying his entire headspace. What came out of the half-decade process was a product that depicted Kirk's state of mind over the course of a day.
"We just happened to notice that there were four songs that were clearly in the present and very mundane and four songs that were really out there and dreamlike, nocturnal, so we made it flow as a whole 24 hours in a row of where your mental state is in those 24 hours," Kirk said.
Something else that gives "Ragamuffin Parade" a distinct edge is the wealth of inspiration that can be heard on each song. With influences ranging from the Beatles to Cat Stevens, Kirk is an experimental musician who sees no reason to slap any genre on his name.
His performance of "Rocheblave" really brought out the Bob Dylan in Kirk; Dylan is another one of his idols and rounds out a trio of artists that stood for what the Columbus songwriter embodies in his music.
"I just want to be true to whatever I'm feeling and trying to express," Kirk said.
Kirk's confidence finally appears clear.
Zachary Kolesar is executive editor for In The Record Store. Each week, ThisWeek is featuring a local music feature from the organization, which focuses on central Ohio music discovery and involvement.