The Musebox Featured Artist of the Week: THE DØ

By on December 2, 2011


“The Dø: Has France finally stopped making the most execrable pop music the world has ever heard? The Dø are the first French band I’ve ever heard who are actually brilliant.”
— Daily Telegraph

“A late contender for album of the year
— The Times (London)

“[The Dø’s] Both Ways Open Jaws…dances its bohemian dances with a Feist-y, casually effortless sophistication that seems primed to court mainstream attention, but without sacrificing a quark of their subtle, innate quirk.”
— Philadelphia City Paper

The Dø Strike Upon a Magic Formula with Both Ways Open Jaws

If we exist for our love of music and a desire to share it with you, then let us proudly introduce to you our raison d’être: The Dø. We’ve said it before: there’s something (perhaps an element yet to be named?) coursing through the ancient Suomi streams, crystalline and icy cool, naked to the human eye, that nourishes the most original and exciting pop music this world has ever heard. Past experiences would suggest it’s the Swedes who’ve managed to monopolize consumption of the atomic substructure that yields sonic pop experimentation and forays into brilliance. That said, imagine our wide eyed and pleasant surprise to have stumbled across The Dø, a Finnish/French duo seemingly intent on rewriting the songbook on pop and folk music with their sophomore album, Both Ways Open Jaws (U.S. release 11/15/2011 on Six Degrees). Regardless of national origin, it is an absolute rarity to come across a band as freakishly talented and weirdly innovative as The Dø.

Accordingly, they’ve drawn breathtaking comparisons to groundbreaking artists like Feist, Lykki Li, MIA, Robyn, and Santigold. Vocalist Olivia Merilahti may be referring to the album title, Both Ways Open Jaws when she says, “It’s like a magic formula to us…It can be a two-headed monster with jaws wide open on both sides, or anything you want to imagine,” but she could just as easily be referring to the music itself. The accompanying music video for “Too Insistent,” which was directed by Noel Paul, manages a surreal catchiness echoed by the imagery: VIDEO HERE

Meanwhile “Slippery Slope,” (which also just so happens to have a killer Japanese horror flick inspired video) is a no holds barred exploration of drum laden, avant-pop and rhyme: MP3 HERE


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.