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The Dove and the Wolf talk life in Paris and play a new song on 25 O’Clock

The Dove & the Wolf | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast has long been a favorite listen for us here at The Key. Now on its 73rd episode, the podcast frequently features guests from all over scene, diving deeper into their life than we can see from the surface. Over the years, Philly music’s finest has been a consistent presence on the pod, the latest guest being Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard of The Dove and the Wolf. Continue reading →

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The Dove and The Wolf slow it down on EP outtake “Motion Sickness”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly duo The Dove and The Wolf have successfully escaped the grey Northeast winter vibes that hit our city today; they’re down in Austin for the next several days, playing the #AmplifyPhilly showcase tonight doing the whole industry showcase thing for the next few days before heading out on an EU tour with Jens Lekman.

The other great news for the band, of course, is that they’re now on Fat Possum Records, and their debut EP I Don’t Know What To Feel reissues on March 24th via the label, with a couple bonus tracks that weren’t on its original release. We’ve got one of them for you to listen to today.
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Listen to The Dove and the Wolf’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Cover songs often pose a tricky predicament. Do you stay as close to the original as you can? Completely transform the song into your own?  It’s very risky territory, especially when covering a song by a legend like Leonard Cohen.  But all this didn’t hinder Philly-based indie pop duo, The Dove and the Wolf, from taking the leap and covering Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.”  And I’m super glad it didn’t, because Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard’s take on the sweet and simple folk tune is a beautiful gem of a cover. Continue reading →

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The Dove and The Wolf sign to Fat Possum Records, release a stunning new video for “Seven Days”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Exciting news for one of our favorite Philly bands of late: The Dove and The Wolf, the atmospheric pop duo of Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat, signed to Fat Possum Records. The label will re-release the band’s 2016 debut EP I Don’t Know What To Feel on March 24th, and the band just released a new music video for its stunning centerpiece, “Seven Days,” a mesmerizing, meditative song written in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theater in their hometown Paris. Continue reading →

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The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf covered Leonard Cohen, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra

The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf | still from video
The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf | still from video

Philly rockers The Districts settled in for the weekend at Johnny Brenda’s to kick off a late fall tour of intimate venues. The whole run of shows sold out very quickly, and last night’s gig in particular was filled with immense amounts of awesome. Not the least of which were six songs from the new record we’re hoping to hear from The Districts in 2017.

Song titles included “Violet,” “Rattling of the Heart,” “Night Time Girls,” “Point,” “Ordinary Day” and “If Before I Wake,” and we’ll have more on them when our Jeremy Zimmerman reviews night one of the series later this week. Suffice it to say, the songs are varied, big and bold, and frontman Rob Grote’s voice soars in a way we haven’t heard from him before…very exciting stuff.

For today, we’ll focus on another bit of awesome from the weekend: collabs and covers. Continue reading →

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Watch The Dove and The Wolf play live and sing karaoke for Out of Town Films

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The Dove & The Wolf | photo by Colin Kerrigan | courtesy of the artist

Philly-based Parisians Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard just got back to Philly after a couple weeks performing and writing in the midwest – and the handful of new songs they premiered at MilkBoy the other night have us excited for The Dove and The Wolf‘s net project, whenever and however it may make its way into the world. In the meantime, the duo caught up with the folks over at Out of Town Films for three performance videos: “The Smell of Us” comes from their current EP I Don’t Know What To Feel, as does “Seven Days,” a moving mediation on being caught in their hometown after the November attacks at Batalcan. They also do “On The Other Side,” which dates back to their self-titled debut EP from 2012. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Dove and The Wolf at MilkBoy, Get Up With It at Johnny Brenda’s, The Ok-Oks at Chameleon Club and more

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The Dove & The Wolf | photo by Colin Kerrigan | courtesy of the artist

Paris-founded, Philly-based duo The Dove and The Wolf captured a lot of people’s attention this year – locally and beyond – with their excellent EP, I Don’t Know What To Feel. With atmospheric guitar tones, moving lyrics and delicate harmonies, the duo evokes any number of artists from Azure Ray to The War on Drugs (whose Dave Hartley produced the new EP) to Neil Young and The Grateful Dead. Tonight they headline MilkBoy in center city; Dirty Dollhouse opens the gig. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the band’s new video for “The Smell of Us” below and check out their Key Studio Session here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Dove and The Wolf

Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard have been playing music together since they were teenagers in Paris, and in a more formal sense as The Dove and The Wolf since 2012. But the duo came on our collective radars in a big way over the past year.

First there was word that these great singers and songwriters, both 26, had relocated to Philadelphia last autumn. Then there was their exquisite Shaking Through session in December, followed up by a meditative set for Folkadelphia back in March.

Their songwriting is reflective and dynamic, wandering serpentine paths of joy and melancholy with interlocking guitar lines, brilliant vocal harmonies and vivid lyrics. “The further you dig into yourself, the further you see into the battle,” they sing on “Going East.” “He has got a heart so big, it must be a hard heart to handle.”
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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Stream a new song from The Dove and The Wolf called “The Smell of Us”

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The Dove & The Wolf | photo by Colin Kerrigan | courtesy of the artist

Duality is something that seems innately tied to The Dove & The Wolf. It’s in their name, it’s reflected in their sense of home (songwriters Paloma and Lou are French citizens who are now based in Philadelphia) and it courses through the themes of their songs. We hear some of that duality on “The Smell of Us,” a song taken from the duo’s forthcoming I Don’t Know How to Feel EP.

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Folkadelphia Session: The Dove And The Wolf

Courtesy of the artist.
Courtesy of the artist.

The Dove & The Wolf are ready to break your heart. As Parisians, they’re more familiar with the language of love and loss, they’re more familiar with all manner of heartbreak and actions done for the heart’s sake than us Americans. Lou and Paloma, holders of the ornithological and canine namesake, released an EP in 2012 that really struck a chord with a lot of folks. I think it has to do with space – the airiness in the song, as well as the intimacy the group creates between the listener and themselves. And the singing, the wonderful harmonies that soar – Earth angels Lou and Paloma are seasoned heartstring plucking veterans.
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