Friday, 21 August 2009

The Dø

Having formed in 2007, this French/Finnish duo wave goodbye to consistent, one way sounds to create a genre-flitting bank of romance.

Having met while recording music for the film ‘Empire of Wolves’, Dan Levy and Olivia Merilahti have a taste for the strange and their sound throws instruments, sounds and chants into a very complicated, yet beautifully simple equation.

The Dø (pronounced dough) have a fresh sound that vibrates between softly sung (in English, not French) melodies to chugging clean guitars and simple beats (‘Bridge Is Broken’) before transforming into a chanting vibe of noise lurching into alternative indie hip hop with a funky street vibe to it (‘Queen dot Kong’).

The band released their debut album, ‘A Mouthful’, in January 2008 and still collaborate for films, most notably, 'The Passenger'. They also feature on the current UK television advert for Oxford Stationary.

During the pretty pop swing of ‘Stay’, Merilahti beautifully (and she is beautiful) croons “stay just a little bit more, don’t let my heart turn heart turn sore” with understated strings and the shanty sway of a battered beach guitar before she lowers the tone with an innocently executed whisper: “coz all the lazy boy could do was run, then I knew for sure, that he would never be the satisfying shag I needed.”

The kind of stuff dreams are made of.

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