Among the very best of those tipped for success in the January tastemakers season was Swedish duo Niki & The Dove.
The group is made up of singer Malin Dahlström and studio whizz Gustaf Karlöf; and they happily admit that their sudden rise has left them a touch overwhelmed. "This list isn't well known in Sweden, so as time has gone on we've come to realise that it's actually a big deal," Gustaf told Digital Spy after finding out they had placed fifth on BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.
The pair put out a couple of EPs last year and following their recent exposure are preparing to re-release their debut single 'DJ, Ease My Mind'. "For me it's a dance song with a dark, melancholic theme throughout," Malin explained, while Gustaf insisted: "It's a bit of an anthem, I think, because it's very boombastic and big within its sound."
The track, they confess, deals with "a time in your life when you experience some turbulence and you really need some comfort"; but they maintain that their forthcoming debut album will showcase a spectrum of various emotions. "The album is more of a collage. It's a patchwork," Malin revealed. "If we compare the songs together they are quite different, but hopefully you'll see the pattern once you zoom out."
The pair are still working on the record and have been since forming in 2010, owing to the reason why there is no single inspiration behind the material. Gustaf explained: "This album is a result of all the music we have been listening to. We carry so much music inside us and this is the result. Whenever you write music you are always affected by what you have been listening to. We've not been inspired by one particular song, just by music in general."
Having already heard Niki & The Dove's 2011 EPs The Drummer and The Fox, can we expect more of the same on their impending disc? "When we listen to the album now I notice a duality," Gustaf explained. "One part of it is darker, epic and bigger, while the other part is smaller and brighter. So I think with some of the tracks, the public are going to be surprised with the sound."
Niki & The Dove have emerged at a time when Swedish music's stock is on the rise, with other breakout stars including Miike Snow and Lykke Li. But while their contemporaries have travelled the world gigging, the duo have yet to perform their songs extensively. "We have a new band and we haven't been out playing that much, but I now have the feeling that our songs are grounded within us," Marlin said, before curiously adding: "In Sweden we say that something is landing into you and that's what's happened to us with our music."
Niki & The Dove's 'DJ, Ease My Mind' is available to download now. Their debut album follows in the spring.
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