The verdant forests and cresting waves of Jordan Topf’s childhood in Santa Cruz have always lingered in the back of his mind, even as he traveled the world with a variety of bands and writing and producing for other artists. So when he decided to utilize the isolation of the pandemic to launch a solo project, Topf tapped into that vibrant memory. Under the banner of Windser, Topf’s music brims with the complex magic that comes from digging into one’s own experiences—so much crackling warmth and golden glow, but not without its lingering shadows. Inspired by the radiant California music he was raised on and powered by a well-worn indie rock tenderness and beguiling songwriting, Topf finds bleary-eyed beauty in joyful memories and painful loss, in the littlest experiences and the life-altering events. Windser’s debut EP, Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea, will be released October 12th.