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by Doe Paoro

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credits

released September 25, 2015

DOE PAORO: vocals
SEAN CAREY: drums, percussion, piano,
synths, vocals
BEN LESTER: synths, programming, pedal steel
BJ BURTON: guitar, synths
ADAM RHODES: piano, organ
JUSTIN VERNON: guitar, synths
MIKE LEWIS: bass, saxophone
ADAM HURLBURT: drum programming, bass
JOSH LEBLANC: flugelhorn, trumpet
NICK SANBORN: bass
MIKE NOYCE: vocals
AMELIA MEATH: backing vocals
ANDY HOFER: trombone
WILLIAM MUÑOZ-APONTE: trumpet
LAURA SEVERSON: viola
KAITY WITHERSPOON: cello
DAVY SUMNER: horn arrangements


Production: BJ BURTON + SEAN CAREY
Engineering & mixing: BJ BURTON
Mastering: HUNTLEY MILLER / HM Mastering Minneapolis MN
Recorded & mixed: April Base - Fall Creek WI
Additional production on Untethered:
MAX HERSHENOW
Additional production on Growth/Decay:
SEAN HUTCHINSON
Additional mixing on Untethered: CHRIS ZANE
Vocal Engineering on Walking Backwards and Nobody: SHANE HENDERSON


‡ Traveling/Walking Backwards written by
DOE PAORO + VIKTOR BÄLTER LUNDIN
‡‡ Nostalgia written by
DOE PAORO + PETER MORÉN
* Growth/Decay written by
DOE PAORO + STERLING FOX
** Hypotheticals written by
DOE PAORO + JUSTIN LONG
# Outlines written by DOE PAORO
## Untethered written by
DOE PAORO + MAX HERSHENOW
▲ Nobody written by DOE PAORO + ADAM RHODES
» Regret written by
DOE PAORO + TATIANA KOCHKAREVA
»» Wake Up in Nowhere written by
DOE PAORO + ALEX FREUND

‡Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & VIKTOR BÄLTER LUNDIN(STIM). ‡‡Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & Morén Pop AB. *Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & High Deaf Music/ BMG Chrysalis(ASCAP). **Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & BMG Rights Management.
#Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP).
##Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & BMG Rights Management.▲Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & Adam Rosenwach Music(BMI).»Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & Tatiana Kochkareva(ASCAP).»»Published by Sonia’s Publishing Party(ASCAP) & BMG Rights Management.


Photo: NEIL KRUG
Design: TREVOR HERNANDEZ
Logotype: KRISHNA FITZPATRICK



notes on AFTER
This record emerged from a very specific psychic space: feeling out of the past but not yet in the future, adrift in the space between two closed doors - and reckoning with the reality that what you are hoping for might not be coming.

Surrender to the beauty in that possibility.
Because we don’t know. It could be.


THANK YOU
BJ Burton, who made it happen - Sean Carey, who gave his many beautiful gifts and rooted the record in the natural world - Ben Lester, fountain of ideas, keeper of the vibe - Adam Rhodes, guiding light - Kyle Frenette, for a new beginning - Miranda Siegel, a wild yosh - Justin Vernon, who gave me a home to create - Jared Feldman, naming shaman - Anna, Greg, and our parents, unconditionally loving and supportive - Alice Cohen, godmother to humanity.

Yuri Hart, Sean Hutchinson, David Lizmi,
Robby Sinclair, Grant Zubritsky

Samten Dhondup, Gary He, Anjia Jalac, Thibault Debaveye, Jackie Nalpant, Dan Huiting, Susannah Edelbaum, Zac Maricondia, David Jacobs, Andy Kaulkin, Josh Sundquist, Alex Wright, Jake Oliver, Jake Bauman, Erin Wexstten, Max Rivera, Shara Worden, Barbara Kreitzer, Alan Sanders, Craig Michie, David Stamm, Marty Nolan, Kelly Crisp

Very grateful to the brilliant artists who played on this record and shared their inspiration.

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Track Name: Traveling
Silence can be so loud it’s abrasive
I’d look forward to home
if I had one waiting
Been traveling
so long, so long, so long
been traveling
so long, so long, so long
If I’m self pitying, not my intent
Just trying
to make sense of how I got so deep in
so long, so long, so long
I wanted solitude and that’s what I got
Now I’m a living island with only one
Thought:
maybe I was wrong
Lost the original point
I’m unknowing
Too scared to stop, so I keep on going
Been traveling
so long, so long, so long
been traveling
so long, so long, so long
Mystified by my designs
Can we ever see anything from the inside
so long, so long, so long
I wanted solitude and that’s what I got
Now I’m a living island with only one
Thought:
maybe I was wrong
so long, so long, so long
Track Name: Nostalgia
If you’re speaking to me as though I’m not in the room:
You’re not either
All these patterns from your past
I’m here under false pretense, as a witness
to your monologue, when I could be anyone -
You’d still be stuck in your story
I wish you could see
Your history is chaining you
We could let go and never lose
Nostalgia is killing us
I am a body in space, slipping in and out of doors, nothing more
I once lost years of my life
Searching through day and night
For a form that shifted shape a hundred times
The key can’t be retracing my memory -
I’d still be stuck in my story
I wish you could see
Your history is chaining you
We could let go and never lose
Nostalgia is killing us
No use in going through old pain, it will come again
The one before won’t be the last, of course
We’ll love again
Track Name: Growth/Decay
Sleeping in my heart, there was a seed
Waiting on the rain to flow
Buried by these hands, too deep to freeze
Waiting on the sun to show
Carried by the wind, the wind it lifted
Carried like a holy scream
Grew a thousand leaves, bore fruit, now I see:
Eden was inside of me
Change, you see, it only goes one way
Cycle to the light or fade away
Maybe I can find out one day
Why I had to grow to face decay
Witness to my own tragedy
Watching all the petals fall
Powerless, I bowed and gave up my crown
I lost it all
I lost it all
Change, you see, it only goes one way
Cycle to the light or fade away
Maybe I can find out one day
Why I had to grow to face decay
I fell in love to watch it fall away
Track Name: Hypotheticals
Been told a thousand times
We’re making plans
While all the gods
Laugh on
Still I can’t kick my pride
Thinking there’s something I could have done
Somewhere off there’s an abstract door opening
I know I know I know
Even though it was never about me, hard not to take it personal
Am I so oblivious
To have thought that you were serious
And now you’re asking me what’s fair
What’s fair
Just to change the story
Long since you been here
You’re asking me what’s fair
What’s fair
What’s that ever had to do
Now thats something just for you
//I won’t indulge in hypotheticals I won’t indulge in hypotheticals
But go on asking if it makes you feel better//
I’ve made the call to look ahead
Been cracking the reigns on my imagination cause
Looking for answers inside your head was leading me
Down into some
Dark places
Guess there’s peace in cause and effect
I know I know I know
Well aware that nothing lasts forever, hard not to take it personal
Am I so oblivious
To have thought that you were serious
And now you’re asking me what’s fair
What’s fair
Just to change the story
Long since you been here
You’re asking me what’s fair
What’s fair
What’s that ever had to do
Now thats something just for you
//Been written, done wishing
So don’t come at me now that you’re missing out//
//I won’t indulge in hypotheticals I won’t indulge in hypotheticals
But go on asking if it makes you feel better//
Track Name: Outlines
No more driving
By Nevada it’d all come undone
Sun is sliding down the back of the myth that you’d be the one
I’m done trying
Mustering a love for you that I could never show to myself
Mustering a love for you that I could never show to myself
But I have a new love
In your shadow I have a new love
It ain’t hedging on anyone’s changing, no
(whatever make you high, take you to the bottom)
When you find kindness suspicious:
Gonna be a long road to unlearning
It isn’t love if it’s burning
For at its highest she’s a healer
I was too blind to see
I have a new love
In your shadow
I have a new love
I have a new love
It ain’t hedging on anyone’s changing
Track Name: Walking Backwards
Strange river rolling
Moved as if pushed by greed
Cigarette ash falling from the sky
Why you gotta be so mean
Dead at the roots
No earth to cling to
The trees take off their clothes as they lay down on the road
I’m thinking about a friend back home
Moved here to be closer
I had to sink to see:
What bribes the wholesome to trade in vitality
I can’t find no eyes to lock with mine
No way we could thrive when the city is dying
Dogs bark in tunnels
The shadows have gone to sleep
Ink on the walls ink on the arms
Walking Backwards through my father’s dream
The seeds all twisted
Myth of fertility
The color is all gone with the birds for a new sun
What will become of me
Moved here to be closer
I had to sink to see:
What bribes the wholesome to trade in vitality
//I can’t find no eyes to lock with mine
No way we could thrive when the city is dying//
//Taking slow paling breaths
And my body’s a mess //
Track Name: Untethered
I dreamed last night about the loss of gravity
Buildings flew overhead while you slipped in a booth across from me
Even in sleep it’s still so heavy
Your visit leaves me with eyes wet
Don’t doubt it, cause I could never forget
No matter the time, you haven’t made
Is it easy to leave
It’s been hard here to stay
But I guess you were too good to be in this game
I guess you were too good to be in this game
Future: you have ideas
You cut through everything
Through the freeze of a winter
In my rearview mirror watching me
Even in sleep it’s still so heavy
Your visit leaves me with eyes wet
Don’t doubt it cause I could never forget
No matter the time, you haven’t made
Is it easy to leave
It’s been hard here to stay
But I guess you were too good to be in this game
I guess you were too good to be in this game
Flirter of fate, made us so naive
All these careless promises
I’ll be the one to keep
Track Name: Nobody
Lately been thinking
I might cut outta town
Lost in the waiting
Man dragging me down
No mistaking
I ain’t running to hide
No shame i’m claiming
Just need space from this side
Smothered by outside opinion
Why am I bothering even listening
Nobody understands
Council has spoken
Say it’s never gonna work
But my minds open
Someone’s gotta be the first
No mistaking
To consider what’s practical in love
Just seems besides the point
Smothered by outside opinion
Why am I bothering even listening
Nobody understands
Won’t let up I won’t let up
Only the heart decides the plans
Track Name: Regret
I came to Palenque
to mourn my stillborn dream
Please let it breathe
Step in a dried-up stream
All these broken reeds
I can’t seem to learn
Can’t seem to be sure
Oh, the heavy threat
Could I have been better than?
Now all I’m left with is my regret
Now I’m in love with my regret, my regret
All I was told
All the ways I followed:
Wasted, misplaced
I’m gone.
Listen to me
but my voice can’t call out
I can’t seem to learn
Can’t seem to be sure
Oh, the heavy threat
Could I have been better than?
Now all I’m left with is my regret
Oh, the heavy threat
Could I have been better than?
Now I’m in love with my regret
my regret
my regret
my regret
Oh, the heavy threat
Track Name: Wake Up In Nowhere
Love has brought me down
To the edge of myself as I knew it
Cross the border to the other side
So I could see through another’s eyes
I won’t stop till the end, no
Gonna keep moving till I can …
I wanna lose there
I wanna lose there
Sadness took me far
Searching for the salve to put on my scars
Best teacher that I have ever had
For the depths of joy I now understand
I won’t stop till the end, no
Gonna keep moving till I can
///Wake up in nowhere
So beautiful
I wanna lose there///
I wanna lose there
I wanna lose there
I won’t stop till the end, no
Gonna keep moving till I can
(through the trees, through the trees)
///Wake up in nowhere
So beautiful
I wanna lose there///
I wanna lose there
I wanna lose there