Doe Paoro’s sound has evolved a lot since we named her a Artist To Watch in 2012. The alt-R&B of Slow To Love had a mystic, New Amerykan feel to it — raw, sensual music from outer space or Brooklyn’s closest equivalent. (“Born Whole” was the single, but “I’ll Go Blind” remains the jam.)
Three years later, Paoro is based in LA, signed to ANTI-, and coming off an EP recorded with Justin Vernon. After, her full-length ANTI- debut, bears traces of those early days; the spare piano ballad “Outlines” and the sultry “Walking Backwards” put a Hollywood spin on that Slow To Love sound. But thematically, it’s an album about leaving the past behind us — “Nostalgia is killing us” goes the album’s most quotable lyric — and in keeping with that idea, there are wilder sonic detours here. Her sound has become noticeably sleeker and shinier, less simmer and more surge.
After is out 9/25 on ANTI-. Pre-order it here.