This post could have easily been titled
Already obsessed with the Goldroom remix of Mother Protect (which the DJ dropped at about 2 AM during my vacation to Austin after I crushed a five dollar Lonestar tall boy followed by a shot of whiskey special, and after he played Wake Up by The Arcade Fire AT A BAR... yeah I freaked out), I discovered The Fox and decided I probably wouldn't like it.
What bothered me at first is the soul crushing amount of shuffle they put on the drum machine (for non-music tech people, thats the drums swinging really hard and sounding almost off). I knew this would be a pet peeve and I could never truly enjoy listening to the song cause that would be all I'd hear. Oh how wrong I was.
What kept me listening to this song (and preventing me from being judgemental) was this acid trip music video. This computer animated fox dropping through an endless sky with its face changing into all manners of graphical cirque du soleil nonsense... yeah it's like a car crash I cant stop watching.
And that led me to the chorus which makes the swinging beat work. The Springsteen-esque chorus bells and Malin Dahlstrom's full voiced vocal gives this song a marching band bravado. Its low end brashly swings with huge pulsing super saws (synth) along with what sound like timpani in the background.
Kudos to you, Niki & the Dove. Musicians like you are the reason I love indie music. You are being musically courageous and I applaud you. I am going to be investigating this Swedish trio's debut album Instinct and will report back with anything else that is remotely as good as this.