Listen while you read:
Hello from my new music writing headquarters! Though I have been m.i.a in my writing endeavors, I have been doing a ton of music research, buying records and finding out about all sorts of new music which will hopefully filter into the written form in the not too distant future…
My new room mate David turned me on to a French-Finnish duo called The Dø whom I bet will be the next hot shit on the indie street scene once they become known in the States.
The adorably clad Olivia B Merilahti and Dan Levy take their name from the first/last note of the famous singing scale popularized in by Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music and have the potential to become the leading soldiers who will rejuvenate the mid 90’s femme alt-rock scene.
Merilahi’s girlish voice at times sounds broken as it winds atop grounded bar chord progressions – imagine Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino singing a tune off of PJ Harvey’s Stories Of The City, Stories Of The Sea. Meanwhile, Levy – whom has been credited working on film soundtracks – adds aerial orchestrations with his mad skillz.
Besides the storytelling of one lady’s lost love and inevitable resentments against the male species emotionally filtered through alt-ballads and minimalist folk arrangements, The Dø deviate into discotheque worthy jams such as the opening track off of their 2008 debut, A Mouthful, called “Playground Hustle”. The song contains a boisterous riot of school children which attempts to breakdown the gender roles of young children and permit boys to play with dolls and for girls to question the adult patriarchy.
Recommended if you dig: The Knife, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Liz Phair