Doug Paisley Agenda Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., June 6, 7:30 p.m. 2012

On his superb new EP, Golden Embers (No Quarter), Toronto singer-songwriter Doug Paisley takes a patient, measured approach that puts him out of sync with most contemporary rock, folk, and pop. These five beautiful songs were cut live, with the musicians playing mostly acoustic instruments together in a single room. In a restrained, dusky voice, Paisley delivers his warmly conversational melodies with self-assured grace, and the tempos are perfect for slow strolls down wooded paths. Mandolinist Joey Wright and fiddler John Showman accompany the singer's simple guitar figures, embellishing the hushed arrangements with subtle ornamentation and spontaneously answering his melodies with ad hoc instrumental commentary; Leslie Feist provides laconic vocal harmonies on several songs, loosely shadowing Paisley's voice and adding to the session's campfire vibe. What makes the music so much more than a folksy sing-along is the quiet wisdom in Paisley's writing: "Longing's a vice that you can use / Take my advice and study the blues / Don't wait too long / To learn to lose." He performs solo. —Peter Margasak

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