Eclectic Finnish/French duo is fresh and fun
By Alyssa Meza
“We are not afraid of you grownups,” sings Olivia Merilahti of the Finnish/French duo, The Dø, on their debut full-length album A Mouthful (2008). The lyric is an apt way to describe the eclectic music of Merilahti and Dan Levy, and it’s probably the best way to describe a sound that is not easily translatable to a single genre.
It is youthful and experimental album, which covers a breadth of emotions, much like the amount of applicable genres. Merilahti’s child-like vocals can be sweet and also bitter on Stay (Just A Little Bit More) with the backing of a ukulele. Yet angry and frustrated on “Bridge is Broken” and “On My Shoulders. Levy, a multi-instrumentalist, skillfully incorporates a variety of instruments to create a quirky, off-bet sound that always lets the vocals be the main focus.
It’s one of most unique, least formulaic pop records in a while. It’s weird here on this album, but it works. Check them out at Schubas on September 13.