Introducing French pop duo O’o
O’o are a Barcelona-based, French duo, Victoria Suter and Mathieu Daubigné, who met at college in Agen, South West France, when the pair were studying music theory in their teens. Victoria moved to Barcelona in 2010, with Mathieu following six years later in 2016. Their first full album, Touche, inhabits the sonic hinterland where great pop meets the avant garde, and delectable melodies nestle gently with found sounds, musical moods and synthy atmospheres. Genres like trip hop and ambient will spring to mind, and comparisons can be drawn with contemporaries like James Blake, Bjork, Laurie Anderson and even Lorde, though such an exercise is reductive given that O’o sound very much in a sonic universe all of their own. It’s subtle, nuanced, clever but never arch, emotional but never melodramatic.
‘Aquamarine’ sets the tone; a rich, skittering, soulful song with watery effects at the outset, with the urgency dispelled momentarily for some scronking horns and the word “hangover” repeated over, followed by a great mechanistic crescendo.