The Dø Is The Pop Duo You’ve Been Missing
You were probably singing along to The Dø and didn’t even know it. The Finnish pop duo, who are wildly popular in Europe, are finally getting some much deserved attention in the states with the release of their latest record Shake Shook Shaken. Over the last seven years, Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy have been making the catchiest disco-pop and are now feeling stronger than ever.
“We wanted to have songs that had an energetic impact, dynamic and straight to the point…”
The Dø, like many before them, started as a humble studio project because the two simply wanted to make music together. “Almost every song was an accident,” Olivia admitted but those accidents turned into a stunning debut record, Mouthful, and solidified their place as a pop force to be reckoned with. It’s with this same liberation and creativity that the duo continue to bring into each writing process. “We try to keep it as free as possible,” Olivia said.
“We know we definitely have a few other albums left to make.”
So what’s really changed since the first album? “A vision,” Olivia said. While the band has always maintained the same creative spirit, their latest record showcases The Dø with a more accurate vision. On Shake Shook Shaken, released in the US this spring, The Dø trade in traditional sounds for a more electronic approach. “We wanted to have songs that had an energetic impact, dynamic and straight to the point, as opposed to more subtle on the last record,” Olviia said. In the past, Olivia and Dan found bits of influence from every corner but now they’re keeping everything in a nice warm bubble. In this bubble, we get a glimpse at the future of pop and a sound makeover for The Dø that totally pays off.