Doe Paoro

Doe Paoro

 
Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandR&BAlternative

"To expand love/to transcend/to stay ancient and young"
is why we create.

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Biography

Brooklyn-based artist Doe Paoro describes her music as “"Ghost Soul," characterized by a dolorous, ethereal sound that evokes the resurrection of "a choir of ghosts who haven’t completely detached from the human experience.”

Echoes of attachment and detachment permeate her debut album, "Slow to Love." The tracks' haunting vocals were strongly influenced by her in-depth study of Lhamo—, a powerful, unusual and vocally acrobatic Tibetan-style opera—that she encountered while traveling alone through the Himalayas in 2011. During this period, Paoro also spent several weeks practicing silent meditation. The high-contrast nature of her music is directly influenced by these experiences, which forced her to reflect on the deep and expansive space between silence and sound.

Upon returning to the U.S., Paoro sketched out "Slow to Love" while in her hometown of Syracuse New York.  The album came out in 2012. She released an EP, "Ink on the Walls" in 2014, produced by Sean Carey and BJ Burton, and is currently working on her second full-length album.

Paoro has been compared to D'Angelo, Lykke Li and James Blake, but her haunting vocals and spacious arrangements are singular, realized in a state of sorrow without bitterness, passion without pretense.

Doe Paoro has shared the stage with Angel Olsen, Phophorescent, Of Monsters and Men, KOOL A.D., First Aid Kit, Peter Moren, Elle King, Cold Specks, Eleanor Friedberger, Japanther among others. She has been featured on Fuse TV and Daytrotter and has been a showcasing artist at SXSW, CMJ and the Osheaga Festival in Montreal.

Lyrics

Born Whole

Written By: Doe Paoro

we born whole. we become half
drumming in her soul as she plucks out the lemon grass
we born whole. we become half
drumming in her soul as she plucks out the lemon grass

we born whole. we become half
drumming in her soul as she plucks out the lemon grass
we born whole. we become half
drumming in her soul as she plucks out the lemon grass

each night i'd wail to the river ready walk on water to find his ghost
im ready to find his ghost
ready to find his ghost

i ask him to send me sign i keep looking i can't find
i'm ready to find his ghost
ready to find his ghost
i'm ready i'm ready

we born whole. we become half
drumming in her soul as she pluck out the lemongrass

oh please please please
return to me, return to me

who will take care of me now
where is he
this is not what i know, this is not what i know
where is he
who will take care of me
who will take care of me
who will take care of me now
where is he (too late)

we born whole. we become half
drumming in her soul as she pluck out the lemon grass
we born whole. we become half
drumming in her soul as she plucks out the lemon grass

oh please please please
return to me
return to me

we born whole. we become half
yea its been drummin in her soul since she plucked out the lemongrass

New Lows

Written By: Doe Paoro

please look away /i can’t take eyes/ don’t need no one to sympathize

i got nothing/ just keep me safe / been in the cold / praying for grace

delusion is delusion

cross eyed from staring through his prism

vision twisted from illusion

i’m locked up

my minds a prison

got me/ i’m hitting new lows/ got me/ i’m hitting new lows

am i that close to breathrough, or am i just breaking down?

i wrapped my youth and love in gold/ he ripped the ribbon/ made me old

a wounded child/ vampire like/ i tried to kiss/ he went to bite

should have watched out for the prophecy

shamed to say that she told me so

be wary he is hungry

he’ll snake right through till he’s eaten your soul

got me/ i’m hitting new lows/ got me/ i’m hitting new lows

am i that close to breathrough, or am i just breaking down?

pretended through his fantasy / with lies he made special for me

and if i pull the curtain, he will leave/ this could go on eternity

but i’m crawling out

weaving in between self-destruction and revelation

tired of extremes

but i can’t see out of this situation

got me/ i’m hitting new lows/ got me/ i’m hitting new lows

am i that close to breathrough, or am i just breaking down?