the dø Both Ways Open Jaws (double LP, £15.75) due 30-11-2018
The follow up to the French Number 1 album, ‘A Mouthful’. · Technically accomplished and full of rich orchestration and electronic flourishes, ‘Both Ways Open Jaws’ somehow manages to keep a lightness of touch and an instant pop appeal, no doubt thanks to Olivia’s bewitching vocals and songwriting skills. · She veers from the primal, invoking the spectres of Fever Ray and Bjork with the percussion led ‘Slippery Slope’, replete with tribal chanting, and lead single ‘Too Insistent’ with its tirelessly catchy propulsive melody, to the childlike; her sweet vocals offsetting the unsettling imagery on opener ‘Dust It Off’, and the nursery rhyme rhythm of ‘Bohemian Dances’, a little reminiscent of Joanna Newsom and CocoRosie . · Self-produced with multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy taking turns on sax, piano, harpsichord and trumpet, amongst other things. “We're looking for the diversity and richness of sound, surprises in the details, orchestral colours,” says Dan. “It certainly comes from our culture of classical music, our love of contemporary music, and of musicians like Charlie Mingus. The types of music that follow no map.” TRACKLISTING: 1 - Dust It Off, 2 - Gonna Be Sick!, 3 - The Wiked & The Blind, 4 - Too Insistent, 5 - Bohemian Dances, 6 - Smash Them All (Night Visitors), 7 - Leo Leo, 8 - B.W.O.J, 9 - Slippery Slope, 10 - The Calendar, 11 - Was It A Dream?, 12 - Quake, Mountain, Quake, 13 - Moon Mermaids, 14 - Cross My Border - (Vinyl Edition Bonus Track).