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Niki & The Dove s pop and dance sides are both evident from the very first moments of Instinct, their debut album, as the opening track Tomorrow unfolds a subtle pulse with pan-Pacific textures underneath Malin s aching vocal, rising to a series of euphoric peaks as the vocals ramp up the feeling of a tribal ceremony. This was also the case with DJ, Ease My Mind, the duo s debut single released in February 2010. Malin s vocal has the urgency and vulnerability of epic 60s girl-group pop (The Shangri La's, say) fused to Niki & The Dove's unique version of joyful dance-floor release. Time and again, Instinct follows the same blueprint of intent a blend of tenderness, explosion, hypnosis and exhilaration - but never the same routine. Instinct is an exhilarating experience, like stepping into a piece of art.
Is expectation calling on Niki & The Dove, now that they are receiving international acclaim, including 5th place in the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll? Not in their minds. It s wonderful, an extremely big honour, and also unreal, Gustaf concludes. But we just make the music that we want to, and never compromise, so no pressure. It's not like we can change anything anyway. Not yet anyway!
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I'm grateful to have stumbled across this highly accomplished and mesmerizing album. If you like the aforementioned artists, or Goldfrapp, Bjork, Royksopp, Glasser, maybe Florence & the machine, etc., then I highly recommend checking this out.
Also, I absolutely adore the album cover. I'm not incredibly familiar with the band (I just discovered them the other day through Amazon), so I don't know their style, but I feel like the cover is sort of tongue-in-cheek, which kills me. They just need to add a wolf in the background howling at the moon and then I'll love it more! Reminds me of Jack Black wearing a Yanni T-shirt in "High Fidelity." Priceless visual irony. Unless you're tired of hipster irony (I kind of am), but still, it makes me laugh.
Listen to your heart. This album will make all your wildest dreams come true.
Edited on 4/3/2013: I've been obsessing about this album and I needed to make an update now that I've had a chance to absorb the entire thing. "Tomorrow" is probably my top song on the album. "Taylor," "Everybody's Talking," "Winterheart," "DJ Ease My Mind," and "Last Night" are also excellent. These songs didn't hit me as strongly at first, but they're very good and will probably sustain my interest longer. I'm disgustingly impressed with this band and I'm wondering what the crap they do over in Sweden to produce such stellar artists. Must be in the water. Or those extreme winters. They have extreme winters in Sweden, don't they?
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Niki needs a bigger audience because she could be huge in America!Published 17 months ago by Mystin
This is one of my favorite albums. I have put my CD player on continuous loop and listened to it all night before. It is a magical and spiritual trip that I found healing.Published on June 5, 2013 by F. Klemm
Beautifull music . Gives me a feeling of just staring at the stars on a clear night. really nice feel good music that tugs at u and gives a sense of a soul freedom and happiness. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by K. lett
I love this CD but to this day I can't explain why. I'd like to see what they could do with more band members.Published on March 15, 2013 by Double21
SO catchy, so hip, and sooo much fun! Niki and the Dove is an OUTSTANDING band. Every single song is amazing and extremely catchy! The drummer is my favorite. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by zjp