Aaron McKenzie Fraser
Julie Doiron Aaron McKenzie Fraser
Julie Doiron's recent collaborator, Phil Elverum of the band Mount Eerie, calls Canadian singer-songwriter the "keeper of the world's greatest and saddest voice." But these days, Doiron sings a more optimistic tune. She even describes her latest album, I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day as "positive and uplifting." Just a quick glance at the track listing on her latest album reveals titles like "The Life of Dreams," "Lovers of the World," and "Glad to be Alive." Her tone has changed, but her voice remains the same, making Doiron sometimes sound like a less jaded version of Cat Power or Scout Niblett.
Knowing that Doiron draws from personal experiences with people and places for inspiration, it is fitting that she chose to record I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day at a leisurely pace in a "beautiful area in rural Ontario" at the home of Rick White, who plays bass and drums on the album. Though Doiron's music contains folk elements appropriate for such a sleepy, romantic backdrop, she also takes the time to crank the volume on an electric guitar. This eclectic mix of delicate acoustic guitar and harder distortion makes Doiron's music richer and multi-faceted.
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