The verdant forests and ridge waves of Jordan Topf’s childhood in Santa Cruz, California always stayed in his mind, even as he traveled the world with a variety of bands and wrote and produced for other artists. . So when he decided to use the isolation of the pandemic to launch a solo project, Topf tapped into that vibrant memory.
Under the Windser banner, Topf’s music is filled with the intricate magic that comes from exploring his own experiences. This is certainly evident on the new single “Friends I Barely Know”, which is taken from Windser’s debut EP, Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea. The project will be released on October 12 and was produced by Jackson Phillips of Topf and Day Wave. Pre-order the EP HERE.
“Friends I Barely Know,” which has its first play on Sirius’ ALT Nation, opens with a caption to Zami! Co-Op in Santa Cruz, a punk house/DIY art space where Topf used to perform and hang out, but quickly pivots to the happiness that comes from feeling like home, even amidst a herd of strangers. “Now I’m up / In a moshpit / Surrounded by friends I barely know,” he sings, the smile on his face evident.
Lead single “Memory” encapsulates that familiar mysticism, pairing serene guitars and supple bass with haunting harmonies. The single was added to SiriusXM’s Alt Nation as a “critical cut” as well as Audacy & KROQ’s “Pick of the Week”. It also appeared on the SubModern chart for five weeks. Windser also did a Big Room session for CD 92.9 released on July 14.
Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea is imbued with the well-worn indie rock tenderness and seductive songwriting for which Topf and Phillips are best known – the kind of sound that made Windser the perfect opener on recent tours with the Portugal. The man and alt-J. Befitting the nostalgic tone of the EP, Topf draws his energy from his parents and the Californian music he was raised on.
Throughout, Topf finds bleary-eyed beauty in joyful memories and painful losses, in the smallest experiences and life-changing events. “My parents were old hippies,” he laughs. “My dad played guitar and my mom is a jazz pianist. My dad passed away when I was 22, so playing his guitar on this EP was an amazing way to honor him.”
Listen to the new single here: