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Classic Album Review: Julie Doiron | Désormais

The former Eric's Trip bassist continues to explore quieter, folksier terrain.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Julie Doiron earned her following as bassist for Maritime noise-rockers Eric’s Trip, but her solo material has continually led listeners into an entirely different direction.

Like her two previous albums, Désormais is a quiet, folky affair, with Doiron imparting intimate tales in a fragile voice, accompanied by her own sparse guitar lines and the occasional piano line or drum beat. Unlike her last two outings, Désormais’ vocals are almost entirely in French. Which may sound offputting to anglophones, but in reality is anything but — between the hypnotic, lulling quality of these songs and Doiron’s late-night, low-impact tones, you’ll hardly notice the difference. Désormais, I am told, means “from now on.” If this is what Doiron’s albums will sound like from now on, I’ll be listening.