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Niki And The Dove - 'All This Youth'
A right old stormer
Of course, this is all part of Niki And The Dove’s masterplan: tickling our frustrations so our appetites are wholly whetted, and making sure they truly deliver the goods when ‘Instinct’ finally drops on May 14. And if ‘All This Youth’ – a cut from the special edition version of the album – is anything to go by, then they’ve got a right old stormer on their hands. It starts off chillingly sparse, just a woozy and wonky beat with frosted glass vocals, before the 21 glitter-gun salute of the chorus explodes: a giant scrape of guitar, bone-thwacking drums and some sweet’n’saucy lyrics: “The anxious lips, and the first kiss/ Will set us free”. Malin and Gustaf, all is forgiven: if ‘Instinct’ is bursting with bangers like these, then we won’t begrudge the Waiting For Godot-like kicking of our heels one little bit.
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