I’m ages behind but I just started getting into LCD Soundsystem. It was among a vast number of bands that my good friend Ted tried to impose on my years ago. I suppose along with the National, these groups were for a significantly more mature palette than when he tried on me the first go.
I had the opportunity to see James Murphy, the heart of LCD, earlier this year and had a complete flop of a time. He was in Toronto promoting his documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits and I could tell his heart wasn’t in it. He didn’t want to be there. Not once did he acknowledge the audience, it was kind of a let down.
Good to hear though a few months later in Washington State he played a super set. Perhaps moods were different for all.
Anyways, I digress, “Dance Yrself Clean” is fun as hell and I can’t get enough of its slow burn excitement.
I am over the mood excited to see Sarah Polley’s new film Stories We Tell tonight. AND TIMBER TIMBRE’s “Demon Host” in the trailer… Polley always always always promotes the Canadian music scene! I can’t wait to share my thoughts of the film in a review to come.
Julie Doiron is one of many darling Canadian singer-songwriters. As a musician Doiron’s had many lives, first as a bassist for Eric’s Trip who was singed to the ultra-cool label Sup Pop, then under the name Broken Girl and now under her own name, Julie Doiron. For her most recent release, Doiron left the Indiana-based record label, Jagjaguwar for Toronto-based record label Aporia. Hailing from Moncton, New Brunswick and with past Acadian roots, she’s released a number of tunes in French. Fortunately, for her English speaking fans her latest release titled So Many Days is in English. Often more sad than not, Doiron, aka Broken Girl’s trademark sad sound has become hopeful, even happier.
Doiron’s worked with countless musicians such as the Constantines’ keyboardist, Will Kidman as well as Daniel Romano and Fredrick Squire in their folk super group Daniel, Fred and Julie. Julie’s diverse hard work has well validated her solo project’s distinct sounds as her own.
Branching away from simple sounds, So Many Days boldly integrates a fuller instrumentation. The album’s opening track “Cars and Trucks,” like many Doiron tunes, reads like a self-realizing confession but maintains its strength through a Silversun Pick-up like guitar pattern. It’s also really refreshing to hear a full band on this song as well as other tunes “Our Love” and “Where Are You.”
While So Many Days tries extremely hard to integrate a warmer sound, Doiron’s music doesn’t stray too far away from her typical song structure. For instance, the repeated guitar part that serves as the chorus on the tune “The Only” suggests an edgier slant, however beyond that disguise is just an average Doiron ditty.
Ironically, the tune that’s most captivating is “Homeless,” which is just Doiron’s vocals and a bass guitar. The tune reads like a letter of reminiscence and regret. Her emotions are well conveyed through her animated, almost acted out vocals and selective pauses in her phrasing. The walking bass line that accompanies here sounds eerie and nods to older minimal tunes like “The Wrong Guy” and “Sorry Part I”
Almost all of Doiron’s solo albums end with sweet, simple songs of a mixed bag of emotions. In true Canadian style Doiron always ends with an apology or a thank you. While only a minute and a half, So Many Days’ closer “Last Night I Lay In Bed” is thankful and appreciative.
So Many Days is not a ground breaking, chart topping release, but is consistent, thoughtful. Making bold here, I gather that Doiron’s fan base is comprised of thirtysomething Eric’s Trip fans and many who have just come across Doiron on their own terms. Either way Doiron’s rich musical past and her many current musical projects work to attract many in a very accessible fashion.
Stream it in it’s entirety!
I’m not so crazy about the album artwork:
“Tame Impala’s influences are vast, drawing on sounds more mystical and dreamy than the Beatles ever touched.”
I wrote the above comment in a review I wrote for my school paper and I sort of regret it after!!! Bold statement.
This song is so incredibly lush to begin with but with the addition of the string section… just unbelievable!
Last year was my year with Julie. I think I saw her about a half dozen times, pretty remarkable. I suppose those are the perks that accompany living in close proximity to a lively, eager artists… Even if she does pour her heart out at live gigs.
Julie Doiron aka Broken Girl released one of the loveliest albums of my life – ‘I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day.’ It captured an extremely lovely time in my life.
While I haven’t got my paws on ‘So Many Days’ yet, I’ve heard it a few times and I just love the sincere excitement Doiron has for it on her facebook! ‘Liking’ Doiron online was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.
This concert. David Bryne. That lamp.