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Albums Of The Week: Blinker The Star | Arista

Can-rocker Jordon Zadorozny works his magic on a slate of pop & rock classics.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “For Blinker The Star’s first full-length release since November’s Juvenile Universe album, musical multi-tasker Jordon Zadorozny stylishly revamps a slate of pop and rock classics.

“After messing around with a few covers earlier in the year, I happened to watch the Clive Davis doc that came out a few years ago,” he explains. “I was struck by this unlikely pop guru, and the next day in the shower I imagined Clive signing me to a record deal with Arista, with the stipulation being that he got to choose the songs, not me. Santana style. So the Clive Davis of my imagination is the A&R person behind this album. Clive said no to my ideas of recording Genesis and Killing Joke tracks, but he did like my version of Some Are Lakes, the only real indie song on the album. Other artists covered on Arista include Whitney Houston, ZZ Top, Madonna, Solange, Boz Scaggs and Eurythmics.”

As with all Blinker releases, Arista was recorded by Zadorozny at his Skylark Park Studio in Pembroke, Ont. “I operate mainly as a one-person band in the studio at this point, bringing in friends to add colour and texture on certain tracks, but for the most part I start and end things alone,” he says. When not recording material for Blinker the Star albums, Jordon has worked with Courtney Love, Chris Cornell, Sam Roberts, Ken Andrews of Failure and Mandy Moore, among others.”