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Tribute to Daniel Johnston
Artist
Naima Joris
Label
[PIAS]
Catalogue Number
PIASB787DA
Release Date
May 27, 2022

Naima Joris only sang her first songs when she was 27. After several years of being a backing singer her father Chris Joris (a well-known Belgian jazz musician) encouraged her to further discover her own voice as a lead singer. She took ample time to give that voice its own repertoire and debuted in 2021 with a first untitled EP. A gripping and impressive journey through the most intimate depths of her heart. Five black-rimmed, intense songs that try to give a place to the pain and sadness of the loss of someone dear. Fragile and personal stories that touch a universal chord and from which we, as listeners, could draw comfort, understanding and strength.

In recent years, Naima herself took a lot of comfort, courage and inspiration from the songs of Daniel Johnston. In anticipation of her debut album, she decided to tackle a number of songs by the regretted singer-songwriter. “I discovered Daniel Johnston through the documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" sometime in 2009, when I rented a basement room in Brussels. I was singing back up with Isbells at the time when someone encouraged me to try writing my own songs. It was after seeing that famous documentary when I found the courage to do this. I saw how Daniel Johnston approached songwriting; in a very honest and pure way without embarrassment. The low-fi sound also suited my rather limited recording material. I didn't write many songs, but as long as they were honest and sincere it was worth it. Like writing in a diary. I recorded the songs, put them in a folder and didn't think I could really achieve anything with them. I mainly recorded covers, because I didn't think my own songs were good enough. Why would I want to make songs myself when there are already so many amazing songs out there that perfectly express what I feel?"

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Cold Hard World 5:55 Buy

    Cold Hard World

  2. 2 Poor You 4:40 Buy

    Poor You

  3. 3 Walking the Cow 3:55 Buy

    Walking the Cow

  4. 4 Don't Be Scared 2:59 Buy

    Don't Be Scared

  5. 5 Story Of An artist 3:27 Buy

    Story Of An artist

  6. 6 Despair Came Knocking 8:38 Buy

    Despair Came Knocking

  7. 7 True Love Will Find You In The End 2:31 Buy

    True Love Will Find You In The End

Naima Joris

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