The Dove and The Wolf want to talk. Really talk. More than just getting-to-know you stuff. To discuss your bad habits. To consider emotional starvation. To examine the intricacies of falling in love. The French-American duo of Lou Hayat and Paloma Gil grew up an ocean apart, yet finish each other’s sentences, complete each other’s songs. “We're both Geminis,” Gil says, “the most social sign.” So they continue to talk — about you, about me, about each other. After all, there’s a reason the act is therapeutic.
While society remains starved for genuine contact, unable to forge connections in times of disagreement, The Dove and The Wolf want to inspire correspondence with their debut album Conversations, out May 3. Co-produced by the band and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, the collection is a meditation on late-night chats, revelatory breakthroughs, and disagreements — the verbal tango into which we willingly bind ourselves.
The duo’s 15-year friendship is what binds the band sonically and thematically. How they can turn to one another to talk through problems, to better understand life through discussion. Even as an ocean once again separate Hayat — who lives in Nashville — and Gil — who returned to Paris after half a decade in Philadelphia — conversations are what anchor the band to reality.
“We read each other’s minds,” Hayat says. “The more we talk about things and the more we understand how we process things, the other one says what’s in your head better than you could say it.”
The Dove and The Wolf are ready to include an audience in their conversations, to welcome fresh perspectives on evolving memories. Because conversations are a two-way street, unlike the illusion of social media’s one-sided narratives. Hayat and Gil want to be active participants in your life; they want to give you their stories so you can make them yours.