Doe Paoro Is Poised To Walk Through The Second Door Next Year With New Music THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: DOE PAORO @ HOTEL CAFE 11/15/17
HOLLYWOOD, CA- I’ve had my ear on Doe Paoro for a couple years now, first catching wind of her music when a link to her debut album “Slow To Love” somehow found its way to my inbox. I was drawn to the soulful nature of her voice and various styles of music that she played with on that debut album. When I found out that Anti Records signed her, and her first single for the label, “The Wind”, was produced by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), I’ve been waiting for the chance to see her perform live. As fate would have it, following her signing to Anti, she moved out to Los Angeles … but even though she was in my city and she had a handful of local concert gigs supporting her 2015 sophomore album, I was never able to catch her in concert until last month at the Hotel Cafe as she wrapped up her three week residency.
Doe Paoro has announced that she has new music coming out in January with a full album to follow later in the year, and based on her most recent musical offering, “Second Door” (the video of which was dropped just days ago), I anticipated an atmospheric and moody performance congruent with the sonics of “Second Door”.
But Doe Paoro’s performance actually bucked any expectations that I may have held. Her performance at the Hotel Cafe basically embodied everything that got me interested in her sound in the first place back in 2013 (that’s when iTunes says I dowloaded that album into my library). It was a wide-ranging selection of music that covered a gamut of emotions and styles. It incorporated songs from her older albums and songs that she has yet to release. From tender acoustic melodies, to upbeat soul, to Bon Iver-ish atmosphere… it was a pretty immersive selection of music that really showcased how musically diverse and adventurous Doe Paoro is.
I was particularly enchanted with how soulful Doe Paoro’s vocal performance was live. Without heavy studio effects accompanying the underlying music, the sound of her backing band was raw and invigorating and really complimented Doe Paoro’s passionate soprano voice. A solid performance that makes me excited to hear what other new music this songstress has waiting in the wings and gives me something to look forward to heading into the new year.
DOE PAORO UPCOMING SHOWS:
Jan 23 Santa Cruz The Catalyst
Jan 25 San Francisco Café Du Nord
Jan 26 Los Angeles Moroccan Lounge
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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