Niki and the Dove - Eurosonic Noorderslag 2012 review

'Niki and the Dove remain enigmatic enigmas'

Photographer: Tom SprayChris Swindells on 14 January 2012


Well tipped musical contenders Niki And The Dove remain enigmatic enigmas, and the Simplon main room has a big Eurosonic crowd hoping to understand a piece of their mystery. The duo tred a now well worn artistic road of synth pop and electro beats. They have the Lykke Li handle on the synth-pop sound and Malin Dahlström's yelps increase in Robyn-like Scandinavan conviction with every goth-tinged tune.

The leotarded dancer that joins the duo-led band on stage, with ribbon in hand, tried giving life to the tribal percussive beats and evoked something primitive in the often triple drum assault. Not since Bez have we been gifted with such a light-footed, graceful dance talent. 

The BBC Sound of 2012 placers from a dark place get an euphoric neo-electro cool, paced fast enough to keep pleasing the late night rave-heads whilst stealing the hearts of some Bat For Lashes fans as they go. 'DJ, Ease my Mind' is the most conventional dance number, with a beat you'd be (un)happy to hear in a Liquid Envy on Friday night blow-out.

In an impromptu homoerotically charged moment Malin even spreads some love with a kiss for our dancer, and I wonder what Bez would have made of it. I'm sure he would have thought it good to thank her for all her hard hip girations and pom pom work.

If something between Zola Jesus and Legs & Co. sounds strange it's because it is. But Niki And The Dove are far from novelty, treat this as their arrival in a progressive clique who are sure to stamp their sound onto 2012.


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