Paul Watson and Laura Heaney have got a good thing going. The Toronto garage-folk duo harmonize vocally and overlap all kinds of instruments to create a really unique, pleasing sound. Watson’s nearly-spoken delivery coupled with Heaney’s wonderful singing voice, some banjo and glockenspiel — and some viola from guest Anna Atkinson to boot! — generate the warmth and earnestness necessary to make folk music resonate.
The song seems to be about weaving one’s way back to a long lost love, all the while hoping you’ve improved yourself sufficiently to feel worthy of their love. Heaney is a successful portrait artist when she’s not making music; Watson builds amps and guitar pedals and works for an online Canadian independent music store. It’s the kind of background one imagines keeps a person humble but hungry, and Dog Is Blue channel that genuine passion into low-key folk tunes.
Dog Is Blue’s sophomore LP Tortoise is due out May 17.