All photos: Katherine Gaines
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, who released the Fox EP in June. Their debut album, Instinct, arrived in Europe in spring 2012 and in the U.S. that summer.