This Doe Paoro article was written by Chris Rumsey, a GIGsoup editor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Doe Paoro’s new LP ‘After’ is a reverb-laden epic, with beautiful melodies and stunning syths. This will be Doe Paoro’s first album release since signing to Los Angeles based Anti- Records in March of this year. It is a culmination of three years work, with help from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Chicago duo Super Cuts and Sterling Fox.
The album opens with ‘Traveling’, which is an airy and vast track with lots of layering. Despite this it still feels very intimate and personal. This is then backed up with thunderous drums and swelling string sections that take the track from a peaceful song into a full-blown epic.
This is then followed up by ‘Nostalgia,’ a pumping 80’s style synth track, reminiscent of Friendly Fires’ later work. It’s the stand out track of this album and features some powerful and evocative lyrics that are sadly lacking from most popular music these days, including “History is chaining you” and the main chorus lyric, “Nostalgia is killing us.”
The rest of the album covers music for almost every mood; from the beautifully stripped back lyrics of ‘Outlines,’ right through to the anthemic, powerful chorus of ‘Untethered’. The album is brought to a close by ‘Wake Up In Nowhere’, an emotion-laden piano track with an incredible melody and use of the string section, which rounds the album off superbly.
All in all, ‘After’ is an amazing album and definitely one to listen to repeatedly. The lyric writing is clever and well thought out which is complimented by a complex layering of synths and piano, all neatly finished of with crystal clear production, allowing you to get very easily lost in your own musical world.
To truly appreciate the size and epicness of some of the tracks, listening through a good set of headphones is advised, however this album sounds amazing on all levels, and all devices.
‘After’ is out on the 25th September 2015 via Anti-Records.