A French-Finnish duo claiming whatever sounds capture its fancy as its own, the DÃ¸ (pronounced â€œdoh,â€� like the first note of the solfege scale) features multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy and vocalist Olivia Merilahti. The pair met while working on the music for the 2005 French film Empire of the Wolves and, taking the first letter from each of their first names, christened their own project the DÃ¸ soon after. The duoâ€™s first release, a three-song EP that included â€œThe Bridge Is Broken,â€� a song composed for the contemporary ballet ScÃ¨ne dâ€™Amour, arrived later that year. Levy and Merilahti continued composing for film, contributing music to films including the award-winning The Passenger, as well as for dance, theater, and poetry productions, while preparing the DÃ¸'s debut album. They earned a fast following in their home base of France; after posting several songs on their MySpace page in 2007, the DÃ¸ played a series of sold-out concerts in Paris. One of those songs, â€œOn My Shoulders,â€� became the bandâ€™s first single and the first taste of the duoâ€™s album. In 2008, their debut full-length, A Mouthful, made it to the top of the French charts, and made the DÃ¸ the first band to accomplish that feat while singing in English. With the albumâ€™s subsequent release in the rest of Europe and Australia, Levy and Merilahti spent much of 2008 and 2009 touring. In September 2009, the pair embarked on their first North American tour, but A Mouthful was not released in the U.S. until Six Degrees issued it in April 2010. Late that year, the DÃ¸ released the Dust It Off EP, which hinted at the even more colorful, confident direction of Both Ways Open Jaws, which was released in Europe in March 2011 and in the U.S. that November. ~ Heather PharesPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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