It’s the third week of October and the temperatures are dipping below zero, so it’s time to retire the summer jams and back-to-school tunes. Trade it all in for intimate, melancholy tunes that match the cold mornings, dead leaves and grey skies.
What’s perfect for these dreary days, then? My top pick is Julie Doiron, the Canadian indie icon who’s known for playing guitar in Eric’s Trip in the 90s then her solo releases since. Above all, her music is simple but deeply personal. Doiron’s unique, soft voice perfectly conveys her fragility and moodiness.
This song is from Doiron’s 2007 LP, Woke Myself Up, a hard-hitting album that packs more and more emotion in every track. The record would mark her gradual departure from depressing, heartbreaking tunes to more cheerful songwriting, but “Me and My Friend” is still firmly on the lonely side. “So long ago, me and my friend we were friendly / And now we don’t see each other no more,” Doiron coos over gently strummed guitar. Finally, the imagery of swans huddled together on a quiet pond cements this track as a perfect song for crisp October days.
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