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Doe Paoro

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Listen to Can't Leave You

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, out February 14, 2012.

The album’s first single, “Can’t Leave You,” was co-produced by cellist Yuri Hart and Decibel Studios' Lasse Mårtén, who began collaborating with Paoro after he saw a YouTube video of her performing it on the piano. Paoro’s haunting vocals are 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 this past year. At times she channels Coco Rosie, Lia Ices, and even Julianna Barwick.

During her travels, Paoro spent several weeks practicing silent meditation. The high-contrast nature of her music is directly influenced by these studies and experiences, as she was forced 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 isolated in a cabin near her hometown of Syracuse, New York.

Paoro has been compared to Lykke Li, newcomer Lianne La Havas and James Blake, but her haunting vocals and spacious arrangements are singular, realized in a state of sorrow without bitterness, passion without pretense. To add cliché to an artist otherwise devoid, Doe Paoro is going to make a huge mark in music in 2012.

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