It began as a poem written some years ago by Canadian songstress Brooklyn Doran. She tells the story of Icarus, though written from a unique perspective, that of the sun. It’s in hearing a familiar story told from a unique perspective, plus the added attraction of her fragile yet supple voice and the sparse acoustic accompaniment that gives “Paper Wings” the essence of a fresh summer rain.
It is the first single from her album These Paper Wings, set for release in September. The music was recorded at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. It was produced, mixed and recorded by Dan Hosh (City and Colour, Arkells, Rose Cousins) and mastered by Stephen Pitkin (Elliott Brood) at Modest Heights Recording. The converted century-old church that is home to Catherine North Studios seems like the perfect spot to bring to life a song which carries with it a sense of reverence.
Her debut EP, There’s A Light On, was released in 2014, followed up with a remix compilation called Sink This Ship: a Brooklyn Doran Remix Compilation.
Doran says of her musical creations, “A big part of the process for me is creating a conversation through music. And it’s something I am incredibly interested in. It’s one of the main reasons that I make music and put it out into the world.”
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