Funky French/Finnish outfit provided one of 2010's more exhilarating debuts (A Mouthful), so it's safe to say we're excited to see what album number two has in store. This video for "Slippery Slope", shot live at Studio Pigalle in Paris, suggests the band will continue to keep listeners on their toes. The song romps along some campfire rhythms and a big ole bed of brass. It's a bit unhinged, improvised, yet completely in the groove for over eight minutes. Looks like Both Ways Open Jaws could be a winner. Look for it next week.
The D is a French/Finnish indie pop band founded in Paris in 2005. The band is Olivia Merilahti (singer and musician) and Dan Levy (multi-instrumentalist). The duo has been backed on stage by three different drummers (Jrmie Pontier 20072008, Jos Joyette 20082009, Pierre Belleville since 2009). Their first studio album A Mouthful topped the French charts in 2008, making them the first French act singing in English to reach that position.
Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy met in 2005 while recording the music for a French movie Empire of the Wolves directed by Chris Nahon and produced by Gaumont.
They released their first piece under the name The D a few months later: a 3-track EP including The Bridge is Broken for a contemporary dance ballet titled Scne damour by Finnish choreographer Juha-Pekka Marsalo. They kept on working for cinema (The Passenger, awarded at the Festival d'Angers and the Festival d'Aubagne, Wild Camp, and Darling), dance (Prologue, Perle and Cinderella by Juha-Pekka Marsalo, as well as poetry lectures by Carolyn Carlson) and theatre (Laure by Colette Peignot).
They used their free time to write the songs that would feature on their first album, A Mouthful. The band's myspace page was opened in 2007. The first four songs released online (The Bridge is Broken, At Last, On My Shoulders and Playground Hustle) quickly created a buzz that brought them to play a series of sold-out concerts in Paris. In December 2007, they opened the festival Les Transmusicales de Rennes.
A Mouthful was released in France in January 2008. The rest of Europe and Australia released it later that year . It was very well received by critics and the public, ranking n1 in the French charts on the first week. It was acclaimed as an eclectic record, drawing inspiration from various genres as pop, folk, rock or hip-hop, while keeping an integrity and an original approach.
The first single from the album was On my shoulders, followed by At last and Stay (Just a little bit more). The music video for At last was directed by Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus.
In December 2010, the band released a video for the first promotional single 'Dust It Off'. Their second album entitled Both Ways Open Jaws was released in some parts of Europe on Monday, 7 March 2011, and in France on Wednesday, 9 March 2011. Beginning late October and ending in mid-November, the album was released worldwide.