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Julie Doiron


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Folk-pop, indie slo-core, sadcore

Status:

Most recent release, So Many Days (2012)

See also:

Wikipedia's entry for Julie Doiron

Julie Doiron's MySpace page

The Ectophiles' Guide's page for Julie Doiron and The Wooden Stars

Julie Doiron was formerly in the band Eric's Trip.

Comparisons:

Garners comparisons to Cat Power, Edith Frost, and Low

Covers/own material:

Mostly own

General comments:

beautiful, spare and haunting are pretty much the right words. i often feel like i really shouldn't like her music--it's too nakedly emotional and so minimalistic that on extremely close inspection it almost seems to disappear--but, i dunno, she can strum one chord and whisper something that barely has a melody, and half the time i find it compelling even while rebelling against the compulsion.
     i think i like loneliest in the morning best. i also like julie doiron and the wooden stars a lot, but since she's working with another band, it's a bit more "rock" (although not rawk or anything). she used to be in an extremely different band called eric's trip in the early '90s. (dmw@mwmw.com)

Recommended first album:

Désormais or Heart and Crime if you like sad music. Woke Myself Up if you want something brighter. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Recordings:


Désormais

Release info:

2001—Jagjaguwar—JAG40

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Julie Doiron—guitar, classical guitar, bass, trumpet, vocals

Guest artists:

Dave Draves—organ, vibes, steel, samples, piano, tape delay, Wurlitzer piano
Jeremy Gara—drums, cymbals, snare
Josh Latour—bass, beats, samples

Produced by:

Dave Draves (all); Julie Doiron (1-4, 6, 7, 9); Josh Latour (5, 8, 10)

Comments:

A brief album, clocking in at just under 31 minutes. But in that time, the album explores lo-fi minimalist and sadcore music, orchestrated moments of loveliness ("Tu es malades"), even a little electronica ("Le piano," "Pour toujours"). It's a moody album, alternately haunting and charming. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Heart and Crime

Release info:

2002

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

Melancholy, fragile songs. This is a relatively dark album, but lovely. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Goodnight Nobody

Release info:

2004—Jagjaguwar—JAG66

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Medium

Group members:

Julie Doiron—guitars, piano, cymbals, banjo, voice

Guest artists:

André Herman Düne—guitar, voice
David Herman Düne—guitar, bass, ukulele, voice
Neman—drums, percussion
Dave Draves—string samples, piano pedal, vibes, organ, other sounds

Comments:

This album is lighter in sound and feel than Heart and Crime, but not too light; it is still a Julie Doiron album after all. And a good one to start with for people new to her work. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Woke Myself Up

Release info:

2007—Jagjaguwar—JAG91

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Julie Doiron—vocals, guitar

Guest artists:

Rick White—bass, drums, guitar
Mark Gaudet—drums
Chris Thompson—guitar

Comments:

An odd little album, from cheerful pop to crunchy guitars. 11 songs covering a lot of territory in 30 minutes. When it's over, it seems like it flew by, yet somehow it feels just right. (JoAnn Whetsell)

I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day

Release info:

2009—Jagjaguwar—JAG131

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Julie Doiron—vocals, guitar, drums

Guest artists:

Fred Squire—drums, guitar, toms, slide, percussion
Rick White—bass, drums, keys, percussion

Comments:

Another eclectic mix of quirky and charming songs similar to Woke Myself Up. I really enjoy Julie's move away from moroseness. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Further info:

Lost Wisdom is a 2008 album by Mount Eerie, with Julie Doiron and Fred Squire.

"On the Road Again" appeared on Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home (2010)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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