Niki & the Dove: What Was Sub Pop Thinking?
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM
(Crocodile) Sometimes the usually astute Sub Pop makes decisions that make you scratch your head—and not in a good way. For example, signing Swedish duo Niki & the Dove. If you wrinkled your nose at CocoRosie getting a deal with Jonathan Poneman's company, you may shake your noggin senseless at the secretary-friendly Niki & the Dove (vocalist Malin DahlstrÖm and keyboardist Gustaf KarlÖf), who make Zola Jesus sound like Diamanda GalÁs. On their self-titled debut album, Niki & the Dove make that antiseptic, blandly cute electro pop at which Scandinavians often excel. The best way for Sub Pop to atone for this gaffe would be to issue a Love Battery box set with a bonus disc of previously unreleased gems.