New music: Niki and the Dove – Mother Protect

Ever wondered what the Knife would sound like on Eurovision? This trio's pop experiments are as close as you're likely to get ...

Just as Florence has no machine and Marina is lacking in diamonds, so Niki and the Dove isn't a woman and her pet bird. Instead, they're a Swedish trio fronted by singer-songwriter Malin Dahlström who, according to, sound like "the Knife at Eurovision". It's a pretty accurate description that takes the experimentalism of the Knife and Fever Ray and adds unexpected moments of pure pop. While previous single, DJ, Ease My Mind, was more immediate, Mother Protect contains its fair share of incredible moments, specifically what sounds like a panpipe solo around the two-minute mark and a thunderous mid-section break that features Malin singing "You can't keep me down I am done, I am furious" as if the world is ending.


Michael Cragg

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