Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
TT the Bear's, Cambridge, MA
18 years and over
Olivia and Dan met back in 2005 and collaborated on a number of compositional projects – including films and ballet scores – before launching their own musical endeavours in 2007. After spending two years honing their craft, the band released debut album ‘A Mouthful’ in 2008, which saw them land the prized no.1 album spot in France.
Hot on the heels of this celebrated release, French born, half-Finnish Olivia and French born Dan embarked on an international tour, filling venues in cities from LA to Istanbul, Australia to Paris and gaining an impenetrable cult following in the process. Shortly after, they holed up alone in their Paris studio and began work on second album, ‘Both Ways Open Jaws’, which is to be released in the UK on November 14th.
Inspiration for this album was pooled from an array of disparate sources; minimalist trailblazer Steve Reich, The Dead Weather and surrealist Japanese cinema all had a profound effect on the record’s genesis and long, contemplative walks in the woods helped the pair to gain clarity and perspective. “We both write in our own studio but we like to go fetch ideas either by the Mediterranean, or in a forest cottage in Finland by a lake, or in an animated cafe in the heart of a big city,” explains Olivia.
The Dø worked together on every step of the album, from composing and recording to arranging and mixing, with multi-instrumentalist Dan taking turns on sax, piano, harpsichord and trumpet to name but a few. Produced by the pair in their Paris studio, the result is a spellbinding mixture of primal rhythms and shimmering pop appeal, all punctuated by Olivia Merilahti’s unforgettable voice. “We're trying to find something new from one song to the next; create a new setting and a new story,” says the stunning singer.