Jordan Schwabe is an Indie/Pop artist from Virginia Beach, VA(originally from the Hartford, CT area). Starting off playing guitar and singing in a metal band, Jordan decided to branch off and explore more of an indie/eclectic sound, infusing styles of pop-punk and acoustic rock. Jordan had been performing all around Connecticut/Metro New York and Boston areas.
Primarily an acoustic guitarist/singer, Jordan also expands the horizons of his sound with warm piano arrangements and soulful vocal harmonies. Jordan released his debut EP “Static” in April of 2011 through JMD Records/INgrooves/Universal.
Currently, Jordan has relocated to Virginia Beach and has released his sophomore EP through JMD Records/INgrooves/Universal titled “Avenues”. There are many things that make Jordan Schwabe so good. The first thing you notice is his passionate voice. He can convey the emotions of each song which completley complements the lyrics. Each song on the Ep is great and seems to have a reason, it doesn’t sound like there are any songs quickly written and randomly tossed on “Avenues”. If there are any downsides at all to this Ep, it is it’s length. You will beg for more, so don’t worry.
Most of the touching songs showcased on this Ep, combine smooth acoustic guitar with piano, percussion and are backed up by harmonies, to create beautiful songs filled with emotion that you can listen to for hours on end. The instruments are melodic and powerful, yet brilliantly understated, which allows the voice to resonate and convey the messages these songs are about.
I was really surprised by how much this Ep grows on you. On first listen, most of the songs just flow through, but after a few times, you pick up on the lyrics and accents of the tunes. It’s hard to maintain a distance from an Ep that is able to so easily, get under your skin, and speak straight to your heart.
Jordan Schwabe’s acoustic guitar is perfectly tempered, to carry both ballads and up-tempo material. His lyrics connect with the listener, regardless of age, and give the words universality. Jordan produces excellent songs, replete with great acoustic guitar rhythms, emotion-filled vocals, and magnificent melodies. The 4-tracks, ‘Avenues’, ‘North Star’, ‘The Masquerade’ and ‘Picture Imperfect’, move from warm and comforting to harsh and scathingly critical in a matter of a heartbeat.
“Avenues” is truly an awesome piece of work. The acoustic guitar-driven rhythms combined with heartfelt lyrics make this Ep a must-have for your modern-rock collection. Go buy this Ep and I can guarantee you will find yourself identifying with most of the emotions to be found here!