Toronto based singer-songwriter Brooklyn Doran has recently released her full length album These Paper Wings and is heading across the country with Rory Taillon on the Strings and Paper Wings Tour. We had the opportunity to catch up with her before embarking on tour to discuss her new music, the messages behind the album, and what fans can expect from the tour.
To begin, can you introduce yourself and briefly describe your music to our readers who may not be too familiar with your sound?
Hey Canadian Beats readers! I’m Brooklyn Doran and I’m an indie-folk singer-songwriter.
You recently released your album These Paper Wings, what can listeners expect from the new music?
“These Paper Wings” is still in the indie-folk realm, but I think that both lyrically and sonically it is a better representation of where I feel I am right now as an artist and person. It’s a pretty cool blend of indie-folk and contemporary pop.
Your single “The Villain” conveys an important message that helps women find their strength when dealing with the remnants of a toxic or abusive relationship. What was your creative process when writing this song?
The song really came together all as one piece. I wanted to capture some of the complex feelings I was having surrounding this topic and try to distill them in a song. For me songwriting really helps me work through my thoughts and emotions- and I think what crystallized was the story of finding power and strength and finding one’s way out of a hard situation.
Does the rest of the album follow similar concepts?
Each song on the album represents a different stage of my life I’ve experienced over the past three years. I have songs about new relationships, songs about heartbreak and even a couple love stories too.
The lyric video for “The Villain” is a unique experience featuring graceful imagery using a series of stills that are brought to life. How did you get the idea to shoot the video in this manner? What does the imagery mean to you?
I wanted to create a video where I could showcase the lyrics of the song. I also wanted to convey imagery that presented strength and elegance. I teamed up with Public Space Productions and Flixel to create a series of cinemagraphs that accomplished that idea.
In addition to the album release show at The Drake on September 10th, you are also embarking on a tour in celebration of the new album with Rory Taillon. What are you most excited about on the upcoming tour?
I am so excited to be touring with Rory Taillon! He is an incredible singer-songwriter and I’m excited for the opportunity to play so many shows together and to write some songs on the road.
Check out his music here: https://rorytaillon.bandcamp.com/
For a full list of tour dates check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/307343479621560/
How have you been preparing for the tour?
I’ve been rehearsing an acoustic version of the album with singer-songwriter & guitarist Nick Posthumus who will be on the tour with Rory and myself as support for my set. In addition he and I have written over half a dozen duets for a project we have together that we will be performing as well.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with your fans?
You guys are the greatest! Going to shows, buying records, keeping up with me online- all of that means so much to me! Thank you!
At Canadian Beats we like to ask a few questions to help your fans get to know you a bit better.
We’re all about supporting Canadian talent, what are some of your favourite Canadian artists?
Our city is full of incredible talent! Common Deer, Gillian Nicola, Mattie Leon, UKAE, and so many more! I am constantly inspired and amazed by my friends and colleagues in the Toronto music scene.
What was the last song you listened to?
I have been LOVING Spotify Discover recently and one of my favourites “Something About Your Love” by Mason Jennings was on my playlist this week- and now I’m on a major Mason Jennings kick!
If you want to be my Spotify friend you can connect with me here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Bh4Wmbb3LfoS8J5TXpQcj
What was the first album you ever bought?
“Middle of Nowhere” by Hanson.
I’ve been involved in music my whole life and have developed a passion for helping out or working in the industry any way I can. I’m interested in helping talented artists gain the recognition they deserve in this crazy business. I am currently studying Communication Studies at York University in Toronto, and working at a local theatre doing marketing and communications, as well as helping out a local festival called Rock the Coliseum. Indie, alt-rock/pop, and metal are my favourites but I’m open to all music genres! If I’m not at a show, I’m doing yoga, grabbing coffee, or looking for some craft beer.