12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer Malin Dahlström and instrumentalist Gustaf Karlöf create a somewhat mystifying (and magical) blend of arena-worthy dance pop and compelling, edgy electronic music. It's a gorgeous, shimmering mix that can both elate and make one retreat inward; it's a heady elixir of Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, and fellow Swedes The Knife. A random sampling of this stunning debut will reveal stratosphere-reaching vocals, clattering and hammering percussion, echoes of decades-old Euro-pop, and melodies that hold for days. Go for "The Fox" first; the verses are somewhat haunting, with tremeloed wisps of what sounds like cello and a martial yet sensual rhythm driving Dahlström's pleading vocals. Veering from pop diva tunes ("Love to the Test," "Somebody") to arty, expressive constructs ("The Gentle Roar") and mesmerizing, otherworldly baubles of pop perfection ("Last Night," "Mother Protect"), Instinct could launch Niki & The Dove into orbit. They have a lot in common with Lykke Li, another Swedish purveyor of sophisticated and deeply textured pop music that even pop naysayers end up embracing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer Malin Dahlström and instrumentalist Gustaf Karlöf create a somewhat mystifying (and magical) blend of arena-worthy dance pop and compelling, edgy electronic music. It's a gorgeous, shimmering mix that can both elate and make one retreat inward; it's a heady elixir of Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, and fellow Swedes The Knife. A random sampling of this stunning debut will reveal stratosphere-reaching vocals, clattering and hammering percussion, echoes of decades-old Euro-pop, and melodies that hold for days. Go for "The Fox" first; the verses are somewhat haunting, with tremeloed wisps of what sounds like cello and a martial yet sensual rhythm driving Dahlström's pleading vocals. Veering from pop diva tunes ("Love to the Test," "Somebody") to arty, expressive constructs ("The Gentle Roar") and mesmerizing, otherworldly baubles of pop perfection ("Last Night," "Mother Protect"), Instinct could launch Niki & The Dove into orbit. They have a lot in common with Lykke Li, another Swedish purveyor of sophisticated and deeply textured pop music that even pop naysayers end up embracing.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
162 Ratings
162 Ratings
youngdrug ,

This album will be with you for life.

I love that Niki & the Dove have two sounds so different from one another. Half the album is ’80s-style, major-key love anthems for roof-down drives at midnight; the other is cerebral percussion draped with shrieks, whispers and chants for dancing around fires. Malin’s vocal range and affect are as exotic as it gets and Gustaf makes every track sparkle.

mestizofilipino ,

About time

Bought it when it was released on Europe months ago. Fantastic album.

Seanski ,

Good to know someone has been listening to Kate Bush...

This girl is trying to emulate Kate Bush. She even took inspiration from some of Kate's lyrics... "Now I've wakened the witch, and i move like a cat...". And in In Our Eyes, she's trying to pull off a Stevie Nicks sound. I guess it's a good thing that they're taking a hint from some real talent. We'll see where they go with it.

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