Dorothea Paas Serenades Her Own Anxiety on "Container"
Listen to the latest track from 'Anything Can't Happen'
Published Mar 30, 2021Having spent years playing solo shows and singing with bands like U.S. Girls and Badge Époque Ensemble, Toronto art-folk songwriter Dorothea Paas is finally releasing her debut LP, Anything Can't Happen, on May 7. Having already shared the title track, she's now rolled out a video for album cut "Container."
The song is a slow-paced ballad, its minimal arrangement of abstract chords and honeyed vocal runs flecked with twinkling textures and pitter-patter drums. In a statement, Paas revealed that it's a "love song" of sorts about her own anxiety, featuring a melody inspired by Karen Dalton's "Something on Your Mind."
"That song has such a home in the main chord," she said. "I wanted my song to have a sense of 'home' to continually re-centre the stream-of-consciousness lyrics that take the listener around the spiral. The chords and vocal melodies wander, but we always return to the warm C chord to move us possibly toward some conclusion, or maybe ground us as we move further into the question."
It comes with a simple video directed by Ryan Al-Hage. The clip consists of a single slo-mo shot of Paas singing while spinning around on a playground.
Paas was recently part of Exclaim!'s photo gallery of musical guilty pleasures.