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Niki & The Dove’s 2011 EP Drummer brims with pop sophistication. Following the minute-long instrumental intro (“Sundog”), the title track plays as if Feist had written and recorded a song for Kate Bush to sing. With this Stockholm duo, Malin Dahlström’s fairytale vocals provide a nice contrast to the shadowy electro-pop soundscapes of guitar player and keyboardist Gustaf Karlöf. This is more pronounced on “Last Night,” where Dahlström inflects a bit like Cyndi Lauper as she sings “Last night we got married in a back seat” over Karlöf’s illusory sonics. “Mother Protect” harks back to the ‘80s New Romantic movement, with sweeping synths, playful keyboards, rudimentary drum-machine beats, and Dahlström’s endearingly melodramatic singing. It all comes together to create something that could accompany a tense scene in a bygone John Hughes film. Dahlström gets more experimental with distorted synthesizers in the minute-and-a-half-long instrumental “The Breath of the World” before “The Birth of the Sun” closes like a surreal dream-pop lullaby.

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'Bout TIme!!

Wow! Been in love with Niki & the Dove since they've started! Bout time iTunes finally got them on here!!! Must buy!

Tegan and Sara

Sounds a little like them... I love tegan and Sara!!!


iTunes can you please get the Alex Metric remix of Mother Protect.....THANK YOU


Formed: 2010 in Goteborg, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Stockholm's Niki and the Dove craft shadowy electronic pop that falls somewhere between the Knife's eerie atmospheres and Robyn's tuneful hooks. Singer/songwriter Malin Dahlström and keyboardist/guitarist Gustaf Karlöf began working together in February 2010, combining her dark imagery with his fondness for sounds ranging from Stravinsky to Eurovision pop. Previously, Dahlström had worked with a dance troupe and on the solo electronic project disdishdance. The pair's debut single, DJ, Ease My Mind/Under...
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