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This is sounding proper amazing on second listen. A Parisian duo specialising in sultry grown-up pop and tender mature indie with intricate arrangements and delectable hooks, I'm utterly entranced by the conclusion of the second song, 'Gonna Be Sick', a luscious emotive number I find very affecting. They embellish this smoky, sensual star-gazing album with jazzy cinematic flourishes and twinkly sensitive electronics that render this beautifully layered album with an organic dynamism without anything being remotely noodly or knowingly clever, it all sounds so natural and effortless. It's really hard to hit on a comparison. The Do employ strings and brass in a discreet sensual manner which the producer of this album should be proud of, the way everything merges to create a full yet unobtrusive sound is fantastically commendable. The singer Olivia has a lovely slinky homely purr of a voice which is certainly not their only strength - every song is a fully-formed gem imbued with drama, intimacy, charm and love. Phil reckons he can hear later period Shannon Wright in some of the arrangements, the vocals too. I'm personally lost for an easy parallel with anyone else, 'Both Ways Open Jaws' is one of those occasional unexpected treasures that transcend everything, leaving you with a collection of irresistible, moving songs to treasure forever! I'm smitten...
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