Niki & the Dove's Malin Dahlstrom and Gustaf Karlof were just super brilliant at their opening gig for the UK.
Visually mesmerising and sounding perfect with shades of purple lighting, dancers with ribbons and a tribal pulse to the whole get up, the only disappointment was a lack of encore and it all being over far too quickly. There was mediocre support from I Am Camera and a slightly more interesting Seams but it was clear who everyone was there for as Malin entered stage and many woops went up from the crowd.
For a mid week slot, the venue was comfortably full of a passionate and diverse audience that obviously love and know the band as much as I do. Kicking off with 'The Fox', which sounded better and possibly arranged a little differently to the single mix, started off the soundscape of Scandinavian tribal electronica; the room pulsating under Malin's spell, fantastic vocals, live percussion and crisp keyboards.
'Under The Bridges' sounded phenomenal in a condensed live version while 'Mother Protect' just filled up the crowd with beats and percussion. 'DJ Ease My Mind' is my absolute favourite so far and the atmosphere was collectively amazing as the crowd were singing along.
The new tracks sounded instant and to the same standard of their known tracks, a very promising build up for more releases in the future. The performance was tight and Malin and her dancers did have that Kate Bush style theatre in their dance moves creating what can only be a menagerie of earthy electro, danceable music that tingles in every sense.
The club DJ playing Austra, my other love, was an added bonus and had to be a good omen for the night, talking of which, that is our next live stop, can't wait! Big thanks to 'Eat Your Own Ears' for putting on such a great band. Intoxicatingly good and highly recommend seeing them live to fully appreciate this new Nordic talent.
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