Singer-songwriter Doug MacNaughton is back with his latest single, “Energize.” It is the fifth release from his album Old Enough To Know Better.
“Energize” is a mesmerizing vocal and guitar-driven tune that invites listeners to find moments of tranquility in life’s chaos. Through Doug’s distinct jazzy folk sound, the song encourages listeners to embrace their inner quietude.
“I wrote this in 2020 while riding my bike around the back roads near Guelph, ON,” said Doug. “The tempo changes between the verse and the chorus are like what happens when you keep the same speed as you go from the flats to riding up hill.”
The relationship between Doug’s airy vocals and technical guitar skills shine in “Energize.” The single is complemented by percussion from Jessica Stuart and Ryan Granville-Martin that finishes a Celtic-themed backing.
“This also comes from a time when I had just started studying Carnatic music with Professor Trichy Sankaran, and the idea of that music’s rhythmic complexity in a form where the time signature and the tempo don’t change was something I was thinking about constantly,” said Doug.
Doug originally hails from Brandon, MB and boasts an eclectic mix of influences including Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa and more. His background in performing, love for rock and jazz, and deep passion for storytelling through music has made him a prominent figure in the Toronto music scene.
Having penned his first songs in 2017, the singer-songwriter is now on the verge of releasing a long-awaited album. On Old Enough To Know Better, Doug delves into life’s complexities, including themes of loss and adversity. A central theme in the album is that love and human connection can conquer all obstacles.
While Old Enough To Know Better hasn’t yet arrived, “Energize” serves as a compelling preview of the musical journey that awaits.