For After, Doe Paoro gets the full-on Wilson s treatment. It fits her just right. A lot of the conversation surrounding Paoro (real name Sonia Kreitzer) has focused on her time in Tibet and her study of Lhamo, an ancient form of Tibetan folk opera. But rather than a direct influence on her sound, Lhamo seems to represent one of the many ways Doe experiments with form. On After, she’s not tied to a specific song structure or genre just as she’s not easily described by one type of vocal tradition. When Paoro originally released "Traveling", it was a minimalist performance video with just Paoro on vocals and Guy Blakeslee of the Entrance Band on guitar, but on After, the guitar is subbed for coughing woodwinds, muted synths, and processed keys. Silence can be so loud, it’s abrasive," she sings, countering any preconceived, romantic notion of isolation.
After by Doe Paoro, released 25 September 2015 1. Traveling 2. Nostalgia 3. Growth/Decay 4. Hypotheticals 5. Outlines 6. Walking Backwards 7. Untethered 8. Nobody 9. Regret 10. Wake Up In Nowhere. notes on AFTER 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. Surrender to the beauty in that possibility. Because we don’t know.
Sonia Kreitzer (born September 19, 1984), known by her stage name Doe Paoro, is an American singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California, United States, whose ethereal sound blends elements of pop, dubstep, soul, and R&B and bears strong influence of Lhamo, a vocally acrobatic, centuries-old Tibetan folk opera tradition. Her debut album, Slow to Love, which Paoro composed while isolated in a cabin near her hometown of Syracuse, New York, was released on February 14, 2012.