The Dove & The Wolf consists of the joint songwriting team of Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat, who have been playing together for more than ten years. At the end of 2015 the duo, who are now based in Philadelphia, were required to return to France to renew their visas, which was the impetus for this new collection. The tension from their autumn in Paris is the thread that pulls their new five-track EP I Don't Know What to Feel through the familiar hunger of youth into a reckoning with mortality that only the lucky can forget to need.
Within it, The Dove & The Wolf's bright-eyed sound matures into a more haunting kind, straddling indie rock, dream pop and jangle pop. Somber undertones reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins twist through melodies, with pregnant guitar riffs and a sound that brings Fleetwood Mac to mind.
When Lou and Paloma returned to Philadelphia, they put a band together with drummer Craig Hendrix (Japanese Breakfast, Auctioneer, Jesse Hale Moore, Birdie Busch) and bass player Andy Black (Laser Background). They tracked the songs live with their new band members and Jesse Hale Moore on keys. I Don't Know What To Feel was recorded and produced by Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs, Nightlands) and Nick Krill (The Spinto Band, Teen Men), at Dave's studio in Fishtown, Philadelphia in March 2016.