Hailing from Orangedale, Nova Scotia, Daniel Jardine was raised on a small farm near the quaint shores of Cape Breton Island's Bras d'Or Lake. As a child walking along the abandoned tracks of this historic railway town, his sights were always set on the horizon.
Armed with an intrepid sense of wonder and a desire to tap into the imagination of others, Jardine first began playing music as a young teenager. He somehow managed to get a spot in his older brother’s band at thirteen years old, and subsequently bought his first microphone from Radio Shack. Although he only knew a few chords, it was the beginning of a lifetime of making music.
Jardine moved to Halifax and dove into the 2000s with his band Murder She Wrote, inspired by east coast indie rock heroes such as Eric’s Trip. The group’s crunch-laden melodic pop music charted on Halifax’s CKDU community radio station. The band was awarded the opportunity to play alongside The Salads after winning a contest sponsored by Labatt’s, and were a mainstay in Halifax’s burgeoning live music community.
Drawing on the creative DIY approach of influences like Rick White, Jardine decided to continue his musical journey as a solo artist, using his trusty 4-track to record The Danger EP (2003) and Curiosity is a Rechargeable Battery (2005).
In more recent years, Jardine’s pursuit of a solo project as a singer-songwriter has enabled him to explore different technologies and textures in his songs. Stoking the imagination of listeners through his moody, melancholic pop songs, he creates minimalist ethereal soundscapes that envelop the senses. His sound isn’t tethered to one genre or another—fans of Joel Plaskett, The XX, or Death Cab for Cutie would equally feel at home in his variant compositions.
Upon moving to Toronto in 2009, Jardine only became more prolific and experimental in his songwriting. Now a part of the city’s broad music community, he released Chemistry and the Dialog (2011), Bleeding Meaning and the Means to Explode (2013), and A Purpose Behind the Surface (2015). These short recordings draw upon Jardine’s folk sensibilities, and include a variety of collaborators and supporting artists. This past summer he performed at the Queen West Art Crawl, an annual outdoor art exhibition that takes place in Trinity Bellwoods Park, that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
With 2015’s The Building of an Empire State Building, Jardine forayed into uncharted territory. He enlisted vocal duo Moon Baby to sing backup harmonies on the album, which was produced and composed electronically. He continued to explore ambient electronic minimalism in a series of recordings in 2018, whereby he pledged to put out a song monthly. Jardine’s most recent recordings—such as “Sink or Swim,” White on “Black Ink,” and his latest “Same State,” among many others—explore complex textures and atmospheric melodic, rhythmic, and vocal components.
Jardine will be playing a series of Canadian dates in 2019 as a minimal live act, with plans for a wider North American tour in 2020.