As spasticated duos go, the Milanese m/f duo Ovo scramble up a blasted universe of weirdness to rival the output of kindred sprits Afrirampo, Captain/Tennille, Holmes/Yoyo. There's playful elements of Deerhoof that give way to blurred hyperdrive guitar/cello/drums workouts that remind one of a chambery version of Melt Banana. But then there's an unmistakable doom element that's gotten them mentioned in the same breath as the Melvins, though any serious preconceptions about operating within the confining parameters of that get thrown out the window as soon as vocalist Stefania Pedretti lets it fly. In other words, Ovo are clearly about freedom, while retaining a heaviosity factor amidst the confusion. Apparently she's played her braided hair with a bow as well. They've had a slew of recordings (some of which are on drummer Bruno's great Bar La Muerte label which gave us FMU fave Daniele Brusaschetto), have toured the USA (returning again in September) and have landed their latest disc Miastenia on a higher profile US label, Load Records. Here's an MP3 of "Mammut".