New Niki & The Dove single Mother Protect isn't what you'd call understated. Dripping in tribal beats and the varied his and crackle of bruised, antique vinyl, the track lurches from place to place - a veritable safari of noise.
Like a more animalistic Florence & The Machine, Mother Protect is quirky, individual pop at its most dark and shadowy. Its the stuff dredged up from the blackest of caves, raised now raw and fresh-beating.
Mid track the song reaches a jaw-dropping pitch-raising medley of sheer noise that hits you like a jet fighter. Niki & The Dove at times feels less like a musician, more like a sonic warrior, waging war with an assortment of high powered sounds - it's a formidable arsenal and one she uses to impressive effect.
With the NME Radar tour and support slots with Hurts behind her, Mother Protect makes for an irresistible continuation of The Drummer EP project.