Various All Their Broken Hearts: A Paper Heart Tribute to Julie Doiron

Tiny indie label Paper Heart (co-run in Hamilton and Nivelles, Belgium), debuts its first proper CD issue with this tribute to singer-songwriter Julie Doiron. Doiron rocked out as a bassist in Eric’s Trip and on her own has performed quiet, slow, introspective songs. and it’s these two aspects that are highlighted on 24 covers here. The best known artists are in fact Doiron associates: Eric’s Trip band-mate Chris Thompson puts forth some pysched-out acid rock on his Moon Socket version of "The Best Thing For Me.” East Coast contemporaries Orange Glass put banjo and beats to the task for their subtle "Five,” while collaborator Snailhouse does "Again, Again” up with his distinct voice. For the most part, complete unknowns populate the rest of the CD, and appropriately, low key is the order of the day, as on the male/female vocals of Thee Moths ("Soon, Coming Closer”). Others burst out, indie rock style, like Evie on "Laugh With Me” or Lousy with "About You.” The DIY aspects, from band selection to production and packaging, are actually quite appealing, an appropriate nod to the mid-‘90s scenes from which Doiron herself emerged. (Paper Heart)