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Plain Mister Smith is often lost, perambulating about in space. He makes music with friends to keep him from wondering off….Why be yourself when you can take on the persona of someone or something else? You can get up in the morning and glance at your face and body in the mirror but instead of the conventional you looking back, your imagination takes over. When creating a new identity if in a fresh environment then the possibilities are endless. A backstory can be formed that dreamily shapes your personality, a fun project suddenly turning into a natural way of living as people take interest. Why be yourself? But then what is a real self?.

“The Rat” is about those times when you are feeling empty and small and you begin to fantasize about having another life,” Plain Mister Smith explains “You begin to live in envy of those who seem to lead lives filled with heroics, love, great deeds, extravagance! But underneath these vicarious fantasies and projections of stars and heroes and ‘beautiful people’, you know it’s kind of a lie, and really you’re just a Dirty Rat living your life in the Rat pack.”

The Rat,” the latest single by Plain Mister Smith featuring singer-songwriter Jordan Klassen. Plain Mister Smith is the alias of Mark Jowett, a musician from Vancouver who has previously been a part of Moev and Cinderpop.

“The Rat” follows the debut single “Strangers Strangers” released in June, a folkier softer track (also featuring the vocals of Jordan Klassen) which explores the hypnotic possibilities of being a dreamer.  Both are taken from the up-coming EP to be released in October, a gathering of uncomplicated songs that, with their lyrically absurdity and experimental approach to instrumentation, transports into the odd university of Plain Mister Smith.

Released September 17th, 2021
Music Recorded and written and produced by Plain Mister Smith
Vocals by Jordan Klassen Drums by John Raham

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This track comes off the singer songwriter’s latest album Big Intruder it is an interesting exploration of folkish songwriting. Crafting a track with a steady electronic element in the background, Jordan Klassen creates something that is almost otherworldly within the brief track. Think Noah and the Whale meets a more grounded Sufjan StevensThe result is a compelling sound from this Canadian songwriter with an impressive musical resume that will only continue to impress.

Big Intruder, Jordan Klassen’s new album since 2016’s critically acclaimed Javelin has been announced today for release late september and we could not be more excited!! Can’t wait for you to hear this huge step forward in Jordan’s musical career.


Track By Track: Jordan Klassen on new EP Curses

Jordan Klassen writes for us on his forthcoming “Curses EP”, outlining the stories behind each of the five tracks on the follow-up to 2016’s Javelin. Curses is a darker record, that sees Klassen mining the depths of mental illness with starkly beautiful honesty,


Curses is a collection of songs examining my own mental illness and reflecting on the common experiences I’ve found among my peers in its woes. While I often try to make sure some hope and brightness breaks through in my work, on this record I allowed myself to really be honest about some of the darkness that’s shaped who I am.

Carol This is a song I wanted to illuminate a bit of what relationship anxiety feels like from the inside. It’s actually written to my now-wife, trying to explain and to be grateful.

Curses “Curses” is about facing the darkness of mental illness, calling out what it feels like to constantly be berated with negative self-thoughts and cynicism.

Light Come Again In recent years I’ve spent a lot of time pondering my own propensity toward longing, and never feeling quite satisfied. Even when I get what I want it seems that it’s not quite what I had hoped. This song explores some of these thoughts.

Night Is Young, Story Is Old I turned 30 right before I wrote this song, and was experiencing a lot of fear of how quickly my life seemed to passing by – like I had wasted so many of my years. At the same time, I was perhaps a little annoyed at myself for this fear. I am, after all, still a young buck.

Cool Night “Cool Night” is a tune that’s been in my psyche for a long time. I’d always wanted to write something that had a big build out of some deep melancholy. I wanted to describe one of those moments in the midst of mental illness where you feel ok, calm, like everything’s going to be ok. Your head pops above the water for a moment.


Curses is out 3 March via Nevado Music