The Dove and the Wolf | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN
XPN Fest Recap: The Dove and the Wolf eases the morning in with breezy, atmospheric vibes
After the hoot of a time that was XPN Fest Day One, I arrived this morning more than a little sleepy and armed with a large cup o’ joe. I was very ready to hunker down in the lawn for the first set of the day, but as soon as Philly duo, The Dove and the Wolf‘s captivating atmospheric, sounds echoed out in the crowd, I knew there was no chance of me sitting for this one.
The Parisian-turned-Philly duo of Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard were practically heaven-sent to start off the second day of the weekend, as everything about the group drips floaty, breezy vibes; fitting as a wonderfully ideal match for easing in this morning of tunes.
Mother Nature seemed to agree with this setup, as they worked off each other as perfect counterparts. With the combination of the crew dressed all in white, cool winds blowing by, and the backdrop of a whitish grey sky behind them, The Dove and the Wolf looked like they were made to perform there.
Playing songs off their EP I Don’t Know How to Feel, “Seven Days” was a set standout, with the reflective track pondering the duo’s thoughts after the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan. WXPN favorite track “Smell of Us” then got the crowd swinging and swaying, while the currently unreleased track, “Growing Apart,” sent out the performance with a groovy bass line and twinkly pianos — fully energizing the masses for another beautiful day of music by the river.
Green and Yellow
Smell of Us