Los Angeles based indie-pop artist Doe Paoro released her new album After through ANTI– this past September and the Beasts are getting all sorts of nostalgia listening to it. The songs show a gracious maturity from her previous releases, both lyrically and musically. It seems to be departing a bit from her experimental vocal ranges and comfortably settling into a more down to earth, pop sensible approach. The collaboration with producers Sean Carey (Bon Iver) and BJ Burton (The Tallest Man on Earth, Sylvan Esso) has created a sort of Indie-rock meets pop princess love child.
With singles like “Nostalgia” and “Growth/Decay” Doe Paoro (a.k.a. Sonia Kreitzer) touches on subject matters and depths that are often neglected in the world of pop music, while songs like “Travelling” and “Regret” show a sort of dark honesty that anyone can connect with. “This record emerged from a very specific psychic space: feeling out of the past but not yet in the future, adrift in the space between two closed doors – and reckoning with the reality that what you are hoping for might not be coming” notes Kreitzer.
Doe Paoro was born and raised in the relatively isolated city of Syracuse, New York. Her sound can be easily compared to that cloudy isolation. Previous to beginning her musical journey, Kreitzer was introduced to Lhamo, the Tibetan folk music, while traveling alone through the Himalayas and meditating for long stretches of time. These influences are also clearly present in her music. Perhaps these influences are what contribute so strongly to the reflective elements in her sound.
All in all, listening to the music of Doe Paoro is a good way to get in touch with your inner being. It is a refreshing escape from the dull world of radio pop music, and is made even more interesting by the sonic depths in her production. Make sure to check out her new album After and get nostalgic as you look back on the year. You can find her current tour dates here.