I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Endearing)
It’s a rare and amazing thing when an indie musician finds ways to keep chugging along on her own steam for years and then releases an album that brings together in the most powerful way everything she’s learned. Moncton singer/songwriter Julie Doiron has accomplished this with her eighth album, which finds a happy medium between her sludgy Eric’s Trip past and the confessional vulnerability of her Broken Girl days.
This new Julie is confident and buoyant, rockin’ yet peaceful, blissfully singing her lungs out. The songs remain straightforward and small – most are under two minutes – yet they come across as complete. Former bandmate/boyfriend Rick White adds exactly the right amount of production: a little echo here, some harmonies and squealing guitar there. Otherwise, it’s Julie singing about dreams, comfy beds, good people and how nice it is to come home after getting lots done.
Top track: Consolation Prize
Julie Doiron plays the Horseshoe March 26 with $100 and Rick White.