Doe Paoro Leaves a Ghostly Imprint on the Soul

By on February 1, 2012


“…meet the haunting alley cat songstress that is Doe Paoro and her withering single “Born Whole.” With little more than her tarry vocals, a mild dubstep mist and the pounding of a few plaintive piano keys, she’ll scratch what’s left of your heart into ragged bits. Her atonal cover of Future Islands’ “Little Dreamer” is sparer still, and just as raw and emotive.” — RCRD LBL

Doe Paoro’s self-described “ghost soul” music hovers on the edge of ethereal, entreating the listener to be transported to a shape-shifting, cosmic black hole of sound and anti-sound where her voice is utilized as an uncommon instrument and the space between notes shoulders as much significance as the notes themselves. And come 2/13/2011 Doe Paoro will be celebrating at the album release party for her forthcoming album, Slow to Love, at Glasslands Gallery in her adopted home of Brooklyn, NY.

Her newest single, “Born Whole,” which premiered on RCRD LBL, gives the word “soul” a whole new meaning as it revels in sure-fire rhythms and down-home funk, all draped in ghostly echoes and funeral pyre lamentations. She also does a killer rendition of Future Islands’ “Little Dreamer.” Meanwhile, the video for her first single, “Can’t Leave You,” which was co-produced by cellist Yuri Hart and Decibel Studios’ Lasse Marten, premiered on and is now featured on MuchMusic and Baeble, amongst others. Stylistically, the track draws heavily on her in-depth studies of Lhamo, a unique form of opera originating in Tibet. The lyrics are delivered with heart-rending accuracy and the video itself showcases Doe Paoro caked in mud, slowly enveloped in strangling tendrils and alternately sheathed in flowing white, seemingly reborn to walk the earth free of attachments.

She’s been compared to Lykke Li, James Blake, and Oh Land. And after her stunning debut performance at L.E.S. hotspot Pianos, she was officially invited to perform at SXSW. In other words, keep an eye and an ear out for Doe Paoro. It won’t be long before her name is on the lips of everyone you know.

Doe Paoro’s debut album Slow To Love will be released on Valentine’s Day; 2/14/12.

2/13/12 at ALBUM RELEASE SHOW at Glasslands Gallery, 8:30pm
3/07/12 at Pianos, 8:00pm



Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.