With poetic, heartfelt lyrics and distinctive vocals, 20-year-old singer-songwriter Dorée Gordon has a music for everybody.
Dorée’s first, six-song EP is titled “Otherside.” Full with upbeat harmonies on “Kites,” saxophone solos (Declan Sheehy-Moss and Marvin Carter) on “The Issues They Carried” and haunting vocals on “You’ve Received Me,” the EP showcases the singer-songwriter’s vary with out overshadowing her distinctive voice. She referred to as it “Otherside” as a result of despite the fact that the phrase is meant to be separated, she preferred the one-word spelling higher.
The NYC-based artist has already made a splash within the native music scene, however she’s on the lookout for greater than that. “I simply wanna be any individual proper earlier than I shut my eyes,” she sings in her titular music “Otherside.” When requested in regards to the inspiration behind the music, Dorée stated that “I believe so much about present and what meaning and what comes subsequent … I and everybody else desires to make a mark on the world in a method or one other or else there isn’t any proof of you once you die within the acutely aware world.”
Examine her to Joni Mitchell; discover some Ella Fitzgerald-style scatting in “I Don’t Wanna Get Excited But;” take the piano away from Sara Bareilles circa “The Blessed Unrest.” You received’t come near capturing Dorée’s distinctive sound.
The artist grew up listening to Billy Joel, Martin Sexton, Harry Nilsson and pre-“÷” Ed Sheeran. Queen, the Beatles and Neil Younger had been the household automotive experience soundtrack. If Dorée might play with one artist, it could be Paul Simon, who instructed WNYC in 2016 that “writing a success music is simple once you’re younger as a result of ‘you don’t know something.’”
After graduating from LaGuardia Excessive College in New York Metropolis, Dorée went on to check up to date improvisation at New England Conservatory for one yr. “It felt like a significant for individuals who didn’t have a strong main,” stated the singer, who’s on an indefinite break from the school. After lengthy days of learning music written by different folks, she lacked the motivation and vitality to write her personal songs. Now, Dorée spends three days taking part in and writing music nonstop after which places her guitar away and goes about her life.
Through the COVID-19 lockdown, the singer-songwriter splits her time between Brooklyn and Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, gardening for the primary time and strumming in her room for the thousandth. Like many different musicians, Dorée has began livestreaming performances for Instagram. Social distancing has been each good and unhealthy for her music-writing course of. Not eager to turn into an artist who solely sings about breakups, Dorée has been introspecting and spending extra time fascinated about the issues she desires to sing about, though she is going to proceed to attract inspiration from her personal experiences and the folks in her life.
All this alone time has not been useful for Dorée as a performer. Her great-grandmother, Broadway actress Doree Leslie, handed her title however not her stage confidence on to the younger artist. Singing in entrance of individuals has at all times been nerve-wracking: “My palms get actually chilly after which I can’t strum,” Dorée confessed. Whereas she has carried out at small live performance venues corresponding to The Bitter Finish in New York Metropolis, the livestreams from her bed room, a very new stage for the younger artist, convey the identical nerves.
Dorée is not any stranger to strumming alone in her room. She begins most of her songs with simply guitar, taking part in with totally different tunings till she finds “shapes that sound good.” A melody and lyrics come later, adopted by the complete association.
Her artistic course of started with poetry at age 5, which she become melodies in her head with none musical coaching. The poems become songs when she picked up guitar at age 8. “It’s onerous to explain my very own music,” Dorée admitted sheepishly. She would describe herself as an acoustic singer-songwriter as a result of that’s how most of her songs begin out, however in the end, she stated, “I suppose I’m kind of different pop.”
An internship on the Huge Orange Sheep recording studio in Brooklyn, New York, gave Dorée the chance to file a few of her songs with recording engineer Michael Perez-Cisneros. Her favorites are “Undignified” with bass participant Ean Valte and “I Don’t Wanna Get Excited But” with Man Paz on drums.
“I Don’t Wanna Get Excited But” is a music you possibly can’t assist however dance and sing alongside to — however not too loudly so you possibly can hear the scatlike vocal preparations. Dorée credit Paz’s drumming for bringing the music collectively.
“Undignified” is actual, uncooked and “true to how I wrote it,” stated the artist. The monitor sounds prefer it’s being sung on to you. “I envision folks listening to ‘Undignified’ after they’re feeling unhappy. The music is admittedly about feeling misplaced and not sure of all the pieces — and everybody feels that manner typically. I hope folks can relate to it and know that that may be a widespread feeling they usually’re not alone in having felt it.”
So, what’s subsequent for Dorée? She could return to the New England Conservatory subsequent yr as a result of “it’s onerous to seek out musicians your individual age and have them see you as their peer once you’re not in class.” For now, she desires to enhance her vocals, get snug taking part in outdoors of her bed room and launch acoustic variations of her songs. As soon as the stay-at-home orders are lifted, she will’t wait to go to deal with reveals in New York Metropolis and Boston, the place her sister performs within the bands Houndsteeth and Queen Crony. For now, she’ll proceed streaming Angelo De Augustine on Spotify, studying the way to backyard and doing livestreams from her room.