It’s not often that an artist can demand absolute attention with just a couple tracks — Chelsea Wolfe, Brittany Howard and Lana Del Ray (love her or hate her, she got your attention) are three that come to mind over the past twelve months — and now the piano-playing, heartbreaking, Doe Paoro can be added to that list of female vocalists who all bring something classic, yet modern, to this crowded music scene.
A quick search will uncover that Paoro (PAH-ro), given name Sonia Kreitzer, went to high school in New York and college in Ohio before moving to San Francisco and starting the bluesy/alt rock band Heaven with Your Boots On. In 2006 she moved to Brooklyn and started another band called Sonia’s Party before embarking on a solo trip to the Himalayas. In was on this journey that the seeds for Doe Paoro were planted. She returned to New York with a new-found sense of spirituality and love for Tibetan opera, which explains the all encompassing sound of her first single, Can’t Leave You — it sounds like it could have been recorded in the one of those long abandoned halls of the Potala Palace.
Keep an ear out for her debut album, Slow To Love, in 2012. In the meantime, enjoy the first single, a Future Islands cover and an opera recording below.
thanks for C=T for the premiere