Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf are set to become Swedish superstars. Alongside the likes of Lykke Li, Fever Ray and Robyn, the pair are carving out their own electronic-tinged pop creations, capturing the attention and hearts of a plethora of record labels and music websites along the way. From the two singles that they’ve put out via Moshi Moshi Singles Club through to the debut album that will be released by Sub Pop later this year, Niki And The Dove have quickly escalated to become the Swedish sensations du jour. And from the clear talent and deft musicality that can be heard through ‘DJ, Ease My Mind’ and ‘Mother Protect’, it is not without good reason. As the duo prepare to descend on our shores for their first ever UK tour, including a slot at The Great Escape festival in Brighton next month, The 405 caught up with Malin and Gustaf to discuss how the their collaboration began, the pressures of writing a successful debut album and the meaning behind the protagonist of their upcoming EP ‘The Fox’… Broadly speaking, it seems as though Sweden's musical talent has never been in a healthier, more prolific position. How do you both feel that the Swedish music scene, and the country and capital in general, has nurtured and influenced your music and perspective? Gustaf: Not that much, to be honest. It's not the opposite but it’s not from this that we get the inspiration. We are happy that the Swedish music scene is evolving though. Malin: I agree with Gustaf, we’re happy for the Swedish music scene and for it’s braveness and for standing out. But when it comes to inspiration, we get it from other things. How did your collaboration as Niki And The Dove come about? M: I wrote 'DJ, Ease My Mind' and then I asked Gustaf and some other friends to record it with me. We ended up in a studio in Stockholm and were so happy with the result that it was a starting point for a new collaboration. Gustaf and I decided to make music together, and so we started a band. And what projects did you both work with before you started the band? M: I worked a lot with writing theatre music and sometimes also performing the music in the plays. I also worked with my electronic solo project Disdishdance doing collaborations with dancers at small experimental venues. G: I played with different bands and also wrote theatre music. How does your song writing process work? Do you work on initial plans together or do you combine your separate ideas? G: We do both. The song writing process can be very different from time to time. It changes really. The basics of our new song 'Manon' came through on a soundcheck not long ago. You both seem to want to retain a little mystery and are typically rather elusive during interviews. Is this because you would much rather let your music speak for itself rather than allowing people to get caught up in your own personalities? M: We’re not being mysterious deliberately. As you say, it’s good when music speaks for itself but it’s not as we make it a purpose of its own. Moshi Moshi released your first single over here in the UK, and Sub Pop is now releasing your EP. How did it feel back at the beginning of the year having such a large amount of labels battling to release your music, especially as the band was still quite young at the time? G: Battling is a strong word. We got good response though, that’s true. How does your set up as a duo transform in a live environment? Would you ever consider performing with a much larger amount of musicians on stage? G: Of course. We have already performed as a six-piece band a couple of times. Sometimes we ask Malin’s dancers to join us and last show in Stockholm we asked a bunch of friends to perform with us as a choir. We had a great time! Your debut EP ‘The Fox’ is due for release this June. What can we expect sonically, and can you explain a little more behind ‘The Fox’ inspiration? G: As for describing the song the Fox: It’s a pastoral tune disguised with a heavy beat – a modern fable dressed in spacious chords. M: For this EP we will sonically continue the epic mode with a large and heavy soundscape, the minimalistic mode with just drums and vocals and also the pure pop mode. The story behind the Fox is really important to us. Gustaf heard about this Swedish children's book author, Pia Lindebaum - who, when having trouble sleeping, visualised a fox on a hill to whom she could go for comfort. She would whisper her problems in the fox´s ear and then the fox would dig a hole in the ground and put the problems in the hole. This would help her fall asleep. Now our story is about someone who visits the fox the night before a long and struggling journey through the woods to the high mountain. In the outer story the person is about to climb a rough mountain, to finally see the view, the other perspective, the overlook. But it’s about the journey of becoming an adult, with your own ideas, own wishes and the start of a life on your own. Are there any upcoming plans for a full-length release this year? And do you both feel any particular pressure when writing songs now that you’ve got such a large following and people are expecting great things? M: No, we don’t feel the pressure of expectations. Quite the opposite, we feel good about people expecting things from us, and that somebody actually awaits our music. You can never make everybody happy, the most important thing is that you make music that you get a kick out of yourself. Besides touring and the album, what else lies in store for Niki And The Dove in 2011? G: Finishing the album and touring is quite enough for two lazy Swedes, wouldn't you say?