Review: Niki and The Dove – Instinct

Instinct was released August 7, 2012


Niki & The Dove have a secret. At first, I was hoping that they were a cleverly named Hootie & The Blowfish tribute band. Since “I Only Wanna Be With You” was not featured anywhere on Instinct, I kept searching until I found what Niki & The Dove have been hiding all along. This is not the electropop album from Sweden you’ve all been waiting for. This is the electrodance album from Sweden you’ve all been waiting for.

Instinct is a ceremony honoring the voice of lead singer Malin Dahlström, proving her potency as a calm ocean breeze shifting into a terrifying  hurricane knocking down trees and toppling buildings. Sometimes I thought of Florence Welch, other times Stevie Nicks – her voice in such stark contrast to the metallic melodies and unyielding drum beats.

The album begins with “Tomorrow” as the first notes echo the beeps and boops of computers in pre-CGI science fiction movies. After a few seconds, you’ll be convinced they’ve traded in the studio for a spaceship. Apparently, the director of the video for “Tomorrow” and I are at that genius level few achieve because we both came to the same conclusion.

“The Drummer” is a Madonna mid-80’s track if remixed by MGMT. Much like Madonna, the lyrics aren’t poetic prose, but dance music is not meant to be deep and thoughtful.

Niki & the Dove will be performing on September 27th at Webster Hall. Instinct is available now.


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