Doe Paoro releases new song and video ahead of new album
September 21, 2018
DOE PAORO BREAKS HER “CAGE OF HABITS” WITH SULTRY NEW SONG + VIDEO
NEW ALBUM ‘SOFT POWER’ OUT ON 19TH OCTOBER ON ANTI- RECORDS
Doe Paoro has released a sultry new song and video ‘Cage Of Habits’ the latest taste from her forthcoming album ‘Soft Power’, out 19th October on ANTI- Records.
Co-written by Doe (nee Sonia Kreitzer) and Wynne Bennett of Twin Shadow, ‘Cage of Habits’ is her most confident plunge into soul-inspired pop to date, packed with brassy instrumentation, infectious rhythms and ecstatic gospel harmonies.
“A short phrase or one line can inspire an entire song because of the conviction that the specific phrase is something that needs to exist in the world,” she says. “In this case, it is the title of the song, and it was a total fluke: I was corresponding with a friend in Berlin, whose first language was German, and asked him how he was doing and he wrote something along the lines of ‘Oh, everything is too much the same, the usual parties and my cage of habits.’”
To accompany the track, Doe Paoro has released a gritty video directed by Austin Roa (Jade Bird, Hippo Campus) and shot in Dallas, TX. “This song feels so raw to me and I wanted to embrace that by not relying on anything outside of myself to convey the gravity of it, which is why it’s so minimal,” says Doe. “The alone-ness of it is intended to reflect the solo nature of overcoming our own loops.”
Aided by GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Sia, Paolo Nutini), ‘Soft Power’ is a significant and soulful departure for Doe Paoro – recorded live to tape in a London studio with a top-shelf cast of musicians who have recorded with the likes of Adele and Brian Eno. The album bears a raw true-to-self vitality through an indelible batch of songs all written or co-written by Kreitzer. Stereogum said the new songs “recall the rosy-tinted sound of ‘60s girl groups like the Shirelles,” declaring, “if you like Amy Winehouse, you’re probably going to love this”.
‘Soft Power’ forgoes the electronic soundscapes of Doe Paoro’s 2015 album ‘After,’ which was produced at the Wisconsin studio of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and led Pitchfork to praise her “smoky, soulful voice” and hail her “confident, beautiful” and “clear-eyed” vision. On ‘Soft Power,’ the Los Angeles-based artist favors piano-driven pop, turning to her lifelong love of Carole King for inspiration. With a penetrating voice that can shift from gentle to commanding in an instant, Doe Paoro delivers a performance perfectly suited for the album’s message of thoughtful defiance, casting an undeniably potent musical spell and crafting what she calls “pop music with wisdom.”