New music: Niki and the Dove – Taylor

The Swedes forsake the kitchen sink for a slice of exquisite sadness from their debut album

For Swedish pop duo Niki and the Dove – Gustaf Karlöf and Malin Dahlström – the release of their debut album, Instinct, must be a huge relief. Not only because they've been working on it for more than two years, but because heavily hyped bands such as them sometimes don't even release anything more than a couple of tracks and an EP if they're lucky. Partly because of the delay in releasing the album (they signed to a major, which usually changes these things), the pair have continued to write new songs, some of which will appear on the deluxe version of the album. One of those songs is Taylor, premiered here exclusively. While songs such as The Drummer and DJ, Ease My Mind throw the proverbial kitchen sink at the listener – clattering drums, synth squiggles, explosive choruses – Taylor glides in on the purr of a cello and shimmering keyboards, enveloping slowly. For the chorus, Dahlström sings "Taylor, why did you leave me? Oh Taylor, I wish you'd call sometime", which takes on a new level of bittersweet sadness given the song is about friends growing apart. "It's about how one wants it to be the same again, but it's like life has moved on, you've grown up, chosen different paths in life, the door is closed," Dahlström explains. Sadness never sounded so lovely.

• Instinct is out on 14 May via Mercury.


Michael Cragg

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