The record is about adult desperation, finding a place to rest your head when innovation and discovery feel exhausted. But Jordan Klassen doesn’t just want to make unsettling, thought-provoking music. Each of his songs also represent a deep wish to connect authentically with others; he wants to make music to help people feel less alone. Klassen says this about the record’s lead single Virtuous Circle: “the song is a plea of hope that what feels like a vicious circle could invert into a virtuous one”. Tell Me What To Do is a wonderfully diverse album, gliding seamlessly between tracks from one of Klassen’s distinctive musical styles to another.
Tell Me What To Do maps out Klassen’s desperate inner search for an identity that feels like home, and ultimately leads him to a place of blissful self-forgetfulness in which he finds himself at home in the world around him.