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Julie Doiron

There is a cuckoo clock in my house; every hour, it cuckoos the time, plays a little song, and then a little Saint Bernard quietly barks. Against most music played in my house, the cuckoo clock either is drowned out by the noise, or it sounds archaic and out of place; against Julie Doiron, it fits.

Canadian singer-songwriter Doiron, who was got her start playing bass in Eric's Trip, plays her guitar and sings ever so quietly. Her lyrics rest on simple images--snow in November, dancing in the kitchen, dirty feet--and feel like they are from a time long gone, a time when families got together and played music in their living rooms to while away the hours. Doiron's songs are the ones the mother would play to an empty house, singing out everything she feels. The songs are short and the lyrics direct, but instead of seeming trite and simplistic, the songs resonate with purity. When Doiron sings "oh, but I just want to see you again," there is so much emotion in that little "oh" that she doesn't need more abstract lyrics.

This is Doiron's third solo record; most of the songs on the record were recorded live in Paris, and they sound sparse, and a tiny bit messy. There are wide open spaces between the notes and Doiron's shaky, off-key voice; enough room for a little Saint Bernard on a cuckoo clock to bark and not interrupt the song in the slightest.

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