7 Songs, 22 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Niki & The Dove

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 the Bridges, was released to critical acclaim in August 2010 by Moshi Moshi as part of the U.K. label's singles club. Later that year Niki and the Dove self-released the Mother Protect single, a more expansive and ambitious take on their sound. Early in 2011 they signed to Sub Pop Records, which released the Fox EP in June. Their acclaimed debut album, Instinct, arrived in Europe in spring 2012 and in the U.S. that summer. The duo began working on a follow-up in 2013, and emerged two years later with the Play It on My Radio single, which hinted at the more nuanced, eclectic direction of 2016's Everybody's Heart Is Broken Now. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Goteborg, Sweden
GENRE
Pop
FORMED
2010

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