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Shake, Shook, Shaken Limited Vinyl 2LP Set + CD

The Dø

Label: Wagram
Release Date: 26 January 2015
Format: LP Double Vinyl

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The Dø Shake, Shook, Shaken Limited Vinyl 2LP Set + CD

Powerful, intense, coherent. “Shake, Shook, Shaken” is the very special odyssey of The Dø. Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy always favored risk-taking rather than comfort and compromise. With this third album, the Franco-Finnish duo offers a radical change - a futuristic turn carried along by a syncopated electronic beat.

After the wonderfully accidental “A Mouthful” (2008) and the organically experimental “Both Ways Open Jaws” (2011), “Shake, Shook, Shaken” responds with a new requirement elevated as “dogma” in the opinion of those concerned: Dan and Olivia deliberately opted out of acoustic instruments to focus on synthetic dance sounds and percussion. “When we started writing these songs,” they said, “we used only a laptop and a keyboard. We quickly became obsessed with this set-up; this form of minimalism banning ‘real’ instruments to the point of creating a new work ethic: guitars, which had been almost over-used previously, have intentionally been set aside. Our aim with ‘Shake, Shook, Shaken’ was to take ownership of the sounds that had previously been undervalued, while going with a more pop aesthetic.”

“Shake, Shook, Shaken” has its share of unifying hymns, from the introductory “Keep Your Lips Sealed,” and the solemn “A Mess Like This,” to the vibrant “Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy” and the appropriately named “Miracles (Back in Time)” - considered by the duo as a “pillar” of these twelve songs (“by listening, we knew we were finally on the right track”). The music of The Dø takes its audience between military rhythms (“Going Through Walls”), tribal vibes and cosmic depths while Olivia’s voice takes on a new dimension. “Just as we wanted to create short fragments without chitchat,” she interprets, “I wanted to avoid vocal acrobatics. The message should be hitting you from the start to the finish.” Abundant, emotionally strong, full of surprises and other sonic innovations, “Shake, Shook, Shaken” is not inferior in strength to the duo’s previous albums. “We wanted to get it right, but through innovations in instrumentation,” says Dan. “Throughout the year-long development of this record, we listened to a lot of hip-hop, club music and aggressive techno - these are the sounds that are the most innovative at the moment. It all changes very quickly, it’s very challenging. I am fascinated by the complete freedom of a band like Die Antwoord, and also how Beyonce and Kanye West are revolutionizing popular music, from the highest peaks of mainstream music.”

True to what they have always been, Olivia and Dan have once again worked in an almost self-sufficient process, only supported additionally by the mixing engineer Fab Dupont. “He was able to create space in our rich, dense compositions, polishing and providing this clarity that we aimed for. It was the only help from outside that we allowed ourselves, but it was crucial.”

Featured Tracks:
1. Keep Your Lips Sealed
2. Trustful Hands
3. Miracles (Back in Time)
4. Sparks
5. Going Through Walls
6. Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy
7. Anita No!
8. A Mess Like This
9. Lick My Wounds
10. Opposite Ways
11. Nature Will Remain
12. Omen
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