the dove & the wolf is paloma and lou, two girls raised on opposite sides of the atlantic ocean; one in paris and the other on the french caribbean island of martinique. they started playing together in 2004 and formed this project in 2012. Six mont...
the dove & the wolf is paloma and lou, two girls raised on opposite sides of the atlantic ocean; one in paris and the other on the french caribbean island of martinique. they started playing together in 2004 and formed this project in 2012. Six months after creating the band, they released a first EP (self-produced and self-distributed) that caught the attention of the new york times, earning them a full page in t magazine that praised: "a four-song collection of spare but soaring harmonies".
"I still don't know how to feel. Heartbreak is part of life and it should be part of life. What we experienced should not be."As Paloma begins to tell about her new EP with The Dove & The Wolf's other half, Lou, it becomes clear that this project is different from those that they've made before.
Their songs have always been beachy, lush melodies about heartbreak and leaving home, raw and real but hopeful. After spending twelve months across 2014-2015 touring with musicians like Rachael Yamagata, Butch Walker and Hemming, the Philadelphia-based French best friends returned to Paris to apply for three-year work visas to the U.S.A..
The tension from their autumn in Paris is the thread that pulls their new five-track EP I Don't Know What to Feel through the familiar hunger of youth into a reckoning with mortality that only the lucky can forget to need. Within it, The Dove & The Wolf's bright-eyed sound matures into a more haunting kind, straddling indie rock, dream pop and jangle pop. Somber undertones reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins twist through melodies, with pregnant guitar riffs and a sound that brings Fleetwood Mac to mind.
When the girls finally returned to Philadelphia in January 2016, they put a band together with drummer Craig Hendrix (Japanese Breakfast, Auctioneer, Jesse Hale Moore, Birdie Busch) and bass player Andy Black (Laser Background). They tracked the songs live with their new band members and Jesse Hale Moore on keys. I Don't Know What To Feel was recorded and produced by Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs, Nightlands) and Nick Krill (The Spinto Band, Teen Men), at Dave's studio in Fishtown, Philadelphia in March 2016.
"This stuff is so alive right now. Our time in Paris really changed everything for us. This is why we don't want to wait to put this EP out. We have no label but we're releasing it anyway. It needs to be now."
I Don't Know What To Feel is coming out on june 17th.