French / Finnish duo who’ve drawn comparisons to Vashti Bunyan, Bjork and Duffy, THE DØ follow up a sold out Hoxton Bar and Kitchen show with a night under the chandeliers at Bush Hall.
Their album, ‘Both Ways Open Jaws’, is released on November 14th, through Village Green. Olivia is the O in The Dø. Dan is the D. The Dø rhymes with ‘d’oh’, as in Do, Re-Mi-Far-So…
They’ve already had a Number 1 album in France with stunning debut ‘A Mouthful’, and now France’s best kept secret, The Dø are set to conquer the UK.
Self-produced, with multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy taking turns on sax, piano, harpsichord and trumpet to name but a few, this is a brave LP, stubbornly like no-other. “We’re looking for the diversity and richness of sound, surprises in the details, orchestral colours,” says Dan. “It certainly comes from our culture of classical music, our love of contemporary music, and of musicians like Charlie Mingus. The types of music that follow no map.”
Technically accomplished and full of rich orchestration and electronic flourishes, Both Ways Open Jaws somehow still manages to keep a lightness of touch and an instant pop appeal, no doubt thanks to Olivia’s bewitching vocals and song-writing skills. Olivia says, “I’m constantly after the ideal song, I believe in a song’s healing powers. As long as the song exists in itself with just one instrument and vocals, then we can start arranging it in a million ways. The basic recipe will remain immutable.”
She veers from the primal, invoking the spectres of Fever Ray and Bjork with the percussion led Slippery Slope, replete with tribal chanting, and lead single ‘Too Insistent’ with its tirelessly catchy propulsive melody, to the childlike; her sweet vocals offsetting the unsettling imagery on opener Dust It Off, and the nursery rhyme rhythm of Bohemian Dances a little reminiscent of Joanna Newsom and CocoRosie. Expect to be hearing a lot more of the pair as the year goes on.
Both Ways Opens Jaws is released 14th November
Gonna Be Sick is released 16th January.
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