Interview – Brooklyn Doran

Canadian singer-songwriter, Brooklyn Doran is back with her first new release in three years. While gearing up for a new full-length release, Doran has released the lead single, “I Can’t Be Alone With You” on November 6.

“I Can’t Be Alone With You” sets Brooklyn’s crystalline vocals against soft percussion and gentle keys to create a dream-like soundscape, setting the tone of the beautifully melancholic track. Speaking to the yearning of a past lover,

Doran says the track is about “that person who you know is wrong for you, that meeting up with them would be a mistake, who you’ve blocked on Instagram, but who you’d definitely find a way to go over to their place at 3am. But also about trying to not see that person anymore.

Check out the single below and find out more about Brooklyn in our new interview.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello Canadian Beats readers! My name is Brooklyn Doran and I am a singer-songwriter.
Most of my songs are really sad songs. I am the unofficial president of the sad song society.

You are releasing your first new release in three years, I Can’t Be Alone With You”, has your sound changed since the release of your debut EP, There’s A Light On?

WOW! My first EP was really based in traditional folk and jazz. It was my first foray into the world of music and it holds a special place in my heart, but I also feel like the new music that I am creating is more representative of my sound and where I am at. We’ve gone from a more acoustic place to a more atmospheric vibe- with reversed guitars and wurlitzer. The vibe for this song “I Can’t Be Alone With You” specifically the keys and drums were carved out by one of my best friends and an incredible songwriter and musician; Mike Tudisco. The sound on this song served as the marker for how we imagine the rest of the album to unfold.

You shared that I Can’t Be Alone With You” is about the yearning of a past lover, care to tell us more about the basis of the song?

So “I Can’t Be Alone With You” is about making the choice to stop putting yourself in situations alone with someone who you might make bad choices with. I think a familiar trope for young women navigating their early twenties in the city is this ability to forget all of the reasons why your relationship didn’t work out with someone when they text you at midnight to “hang out”. I wanted to write this song to remind myself of why I was doing that and what that energy felt like for me at the time.

You are currently gearing up for a new full-length release, what can you tell us about that?

The studio process for this next record is something that has felt so inspiring and re-energizing for me. The first single “I Can’t Be Alone With You” was the first song that myself and my producer/co-writer Dan Hosh tackled and it took us a long time to chip away at the song until it felt like it captured the right vibe for the concept.

This is the second time that I’ve worked with Dan on a full-length and this time we took a song by song approach. We worked in two sessions – tracking 3 songs at Latent Recording in Toronto with Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) and a team of amazing players and the second session at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton with Anna Ruddick (bass), Dean Drouillard (guitar) and Olivier Fairfield (drums) each adding their own flavour to the tracks.

Do you have any upcoming shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I have a short run of shows this weekend following the single release with my friend and collaborator Gillian Nicola.

Nov 15 – Oshawa, ON – Kop’s Records – In Store Performance
Nov 29 – Bowmanville, ON – Manantler Craft Brewing Co.
Nov 30 – Toronto, ON – The Monarch Tavern

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