This Week’s Best Single: Niki & The Dove’s The Fox

Niki & the Dove: The FoxNiki & The Dove: The Fox (Sub Pop, 6/14/11)

Niki & The Dove: “The Fox”

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Since forming in early 2010, Swedish electro-pop band Niki & The Dove — vocalist/songwriter Malin Dahlstöm and multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Karlöf — has moved swiftly, scoring a record deal with American indie label Sub Pop. Its first release on the imprint, a 12-inch single entitled The Fox, builds on the momentum of the band’s first two singles, DJ, Ease My Mind and Mother Protect.

The chugging, twinkling title track is accompanied by two other tunes: a dance-floor-ready Mylo remix of “Gentle Roar” and the ’80s throwback “Somebody (Drum Machine Version).” So if you like densely layered synth, bright pop melodies, and a vague undercurrent of disquietude befitting a land of dragon tattoos, vampire movies, and limited sunlight, you’ll dig The Fox.

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