The Do - Both Ways Open Jaws

Eclectic and unexpected
The Dø - Both Ways Open Jaws
The second album from this mysterious French/Finnish indie-folk duo is every bit as eclectic and unexpected as the first. While the first half has a sparse, subtly treated folk rock sound, the blaring synth on ‘B.W.O.J.’ catches you off guard. It’s quickly followed by ‘Slippery Slope’, which sounds like an attempt to do an M.I.A. track. It’s only partially successful, but the rest of the album is better, with Olivia Merilahti capable of sounding both harangued and anguished on ‘Too Insistent’ and like a sweet little girl on ‘Bohemian Dancing’. On a record characterised by intricate sonic details, it’s her voice that captivates the most.

7/10

Words by WILL SALMON

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