Niki And The Dove - Instinct

Gustaf Karlöf and Malin Dahlström, otherwise known as Niki And The Dove (that’s right, one k, no c) are one of the most exciting things to come out of Sweden since Ikea meatballs and flat pack furniture. Following their nomination for BBC’s Sound of 2012 this year, and last year’s release of excellent EPs The Fox and The Drummer, their first full length has been one of the most anticipated debut albums of the year. Instinct has a chart topping commerciality to it; radio-friendly but still with that fiery, unprecedented edge that will ensure it pop longevity. The tracks are consistent without being repetitive, spiritual but not pretentious, and the pair’s live enigmatic intensity is evident in every drumbeat and booming chorus.

‘DJ Ease My Mind’ opens with reverbing empty bass and faint percussion, Dahlström luring you into a false sense of security before erupting into a chorus of power pop that you can’t quite stay sat down to. Her vocals are what you would imagine Kate Bush and Florence Welch's biologically challenging daughter to possess; mighty and colossal on each track, but never overpowering Karlöf’s instrumental prowess. Keeping things from sounding like a pop hits extravaganza compilation CD, ‘Winterheart’ is a slow-paced gothy ballad, whilst ‘The Drummer’ is a synth-ridden dancefloor filler, swirling you into a haze, defiant vocals calling out: "I’m a drum, I’m a drum". Unadulterated Scandinavian pop is back, and it’s better than ever.

Overall

8

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 08:42:03

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