Dorio is the songwriting project of Austin musician and Texas native Chad Doriocourt. New four-song collection, Dorio’s Robot Friends, offers a playful take on modern attachment to technology with vibrant, wanderson pop melodies. Guided by monophonic synthesizers, flutes and Prince-inspired guitars, lead track “Robot Friends” conveys the euphoric highs and lows of digital spaces.
“I’ve got my robot friends, until the end comes near,” Dorio warns lyrically. Collaborator Rachel Rascoe contributes vocals to the bright track, recorded in their living room studio. “Robot Friends” is joined by two remixes and a buoyant instrumental interlude, “AI’s Theme (A Gleam of Hope).”
Last March, Dorio released debut album Yesterday The Sky Was Blue with Brooklyn’s Citrus City Records. Featuring the tape label, Pitchfork said “Citrus City artists are unified by their music’s upbeat sensibility and focus on self-expression.” Dorio’s Robot Friends continues the soloist’s intuitive pop vision, balancing colorful production with a more brooding observational sincerity.
The artist adds: "Sometimes I enjoy the company of my robot friends, other times not so much. It’s a love/hate relationship. I spend most days with my friendly instruments in my living room studio, where I recorded these songs, trying not to get sucked into unfriendly screens."
“Rich, vibrant and marked by a freewheeling ease, the track could be the intro of the best show that never existed… a balance between sincerity and tongue-in-cheek whimsy.” – Various Small Flames
“Hit play on ‘Yesterday The Sky Was Blue’ for the perfect companion while putting on that first pot of coffee or for your next walk to catch the bus.” – Speak Into My Good Eye
“It’s a really strong pop vibe; I really appreciate the various layers in the song’s arrangement…a nice surprise.” – Austin Town Hall
Dorio has also been featured on playlists from SXSW, Secretly Canadian and Father/Daughter Records.