Doe Paoro, the lovely Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, lets us take a peek into her week as she gears up to release her album After on ANTI Records on September 25th. Infused with soulful R&B and influenced by her study of Lhamo, an ancient Tibetan form of opera, After weaves seamlessly through a spectrum of sound. You can pre-order the album via iTunes here. Doe embarks on a fall tour through the US on October 29th. For tour dates and ticketing information, visit her website.
Here I am at Echo Park Rising with my friends Rinny & Vernon. It's a music festival in the neighborhood. I just moved here a few months ago and feel so fortunate to have landed in this part of Los Angeles. It's full of artists and families and there is space here that I never had when I was living back in New York.
Rinny and I decided to drive out to the desert for a few days before the summer is over. We drove out to Imperial Sand Dunes in Cahuilla, near Mexicali. I love the desert - I don't understand it at all, it occupies this part of my brain that is pure imagination.
This is Salvation Mountain, an hour and a half outside of Palm Springs. I'd never been there before. It's pretty incredible -- this mass of color in the middle of the desert. Wish we could have stayed longer but it was 110 degrees and we couldn't stand up to the heat.
I started having a "nature crisis" during my last year living in Brooklyn. I'm from upstate NY originally and grew up flopping around forests and running through ravines and whatnot. I never thought I'd be able to live in a city but I fell in love with New York and somehow managed to go 8 years before I started freaking out and owning up to the fact that I need to be regularly spending time in nature for me to be my best self. I hike all the time here or go to the ocean.
Mikey Hart is a friend who was visiting LA this week to finish an album for his project "Ex Reyes." He was doing the "studio in a backpack" thing, and we set it up here at our other friend's house, and I put backup vocals on a bunch of his songs. The songs are so good!
All images courtesy of Doe Paoro.