D.O.A is the fourth track in THE ART OF SEX, the debut album by alternative RnB artist Von LaRae. Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, DaVon LaRae Franklin aka Von LaRae, has been into music since his childhood being part of the choir. They had their musical start in New Orleans, Louisiana where they studied at Loyola University of New Orleans. LaRae is also a dancer which they find meditative. With their music, they tackle intimate themes such as the coupling of addiction and sexuality with vulnerability. The album and song are entirely self-produced which depicts Von LaRae’s artistry as composer and performer.
LaRae’s vocals are the center stage in this song. There are musical elements that work percussive gnawing at the edges without creating unnecessary intrusion. This creates a moody sensuous feel which is complemented by the vocal harmony layering. The lush layering and diverse vocals create a dreamy atmosphere. An engaging sonic picture is created by the sparse but rippling aural timbres. LaRae is influenced by artists like Banks, The 1975, Halsey, among others. LaRae emphasized returning back to what is more essential, that is the music instead of personas, online marketing, and social media numbers.
The chordal implications represent somber and dark harmonies in D.O.A. The androgynous feel and perspective of the songwriting is something that pushes the envelope of lyrical representation. Here LaRae shows his talent as a vocalist, engineer, producer, and vocal producer. The song manages to create a captivating ambiance with the innovative arrangement and production. Von LaRae in D.O.A creates a stunning castle of ambient pop songwriting with vulnerable expression.
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