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Miike Snow is an indie-electro pop trio, made up of singer Andrew Wyatt of Fires of Rome and Swedish mega producers Chris Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, aka Bloodshy & Avant (Britney Spears, Madonna). With Bloodshy & Avant known for their glossy dance floor orientated pop, the threesome tone down their production style delivering an album of electro-pop in the vein of MGMT, Pop Levi and even Animal Collective. The singles "Animal" and "Black And Blue" are included.
Miike Snow is the work of not one but three gentlemen who've been paying their dues on the shadowy production side of things in recent years.
Two of them – Swedish duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg – have a past of writing and producing under the more showbiz handle of Bloodshy & Avant, knocking out hits for artists such as Kylie, Madonna, Sugababes and Britney Spears – for the latter they wrote and produced Toxic, grabbing a Grammy in the process, as well as contributing a fair chunk to her magnificent Blackout album.
The group’s third member is US songwriter Andrew Wyatt, who assisted Mark Ronson on Daniel Merriweather's Love & War album, and spent time in numerous bands even he probably has problems remembering. The trio were freed up after working on an aborted project for someone else, so decided to pool their unique talents for the power of good: their own debut album.
And, my word, Miike Snow (the album) is really rather special. It’s the sort of record that you vaguely recognise from the off, due to the trio's deft way with a melody. Lead single Animal takes approximately one play for its catchiness to cluster bomb your memory bank, while the marvellously titled A Horse is not a Home and the delicate Burial have a can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it piano refrain charm that seems to run through the finest Swedish pop. The kinky Plastic Jungle slinks with sleazily glam drums and sordid menace, and personal favourite In Search Of has a superbly addictive and redemptive arms-aloft rave quality about it.
Miike Snow have set out their stall perfectly with a classy album that will sit as easily in the home as it would down the discothèque. Expect to hear a large percentage of this soundtracking various aspects of your life in the near future, as within its field it’s damn near perfect. --Ian Wade
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Top Customer Reviews
The album starts with recent single `Animal' which is a simply joyous bit of pop music. It opens with a simple rhythm comprised of bass and keyboards beautifully copying each other in harmony. This beat persists through both verse and chorus creating a continuity and dance atmosphere to the whole composition. The chorus itself is a catchy pop refrain. This is an opening that spells out exactly how Miike Snow intends to make music. `Burial' follows in similar vein with opening keyboard that chimes so happily it's almost unbelievable. It sounds like the crisp cold of fresh snow. The track then swirls into a wonderfully soft and melodic number with brilliant lyrics like "Don't forget to cry at your own burial."
So that's the opening salvo dealt with but that's by no means the highlights. `Silvia' echoes with strong piano lines and a persistent but unobtrusive beat. As the track grows it turns into something halfway between a bit of electro chill-out and pure pop stormer. `Song for No One' is a nothing more than a slice of pure pop, and `Black & Blue', also a recent single, is the standard of music that artists like Sam Sparro should have released. It has a crisp high vocal and synthy fizz and pop quality to the chorus that is exciting and fresh here.Read more ›
Scandinavia's musical renaissance continues to blossom unabated.
Not unlike Scotland good sounds have been pouring out of
just about every possible creative orifice imaginable this year.
This phenomenon can surely not be understood by the
former's ingestion of vast amounts of fish oil alone
(this notion would be clearly contradicted by our Celtic neighbours'
preponderently carnivorous disposition - not to mention those
deep fried Mars Bars!)
The configuration of the constellations above The Northern Lands,
however, are clearly auspicious at this time.
Miike Snow are a perfectly splendid little ensemble.
The efforts of singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt when combined
with the production skills of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg
(a candidate for The Wolf's 'Name Of The Year' Award!) are
certainly more than worthy of our attention
That they have been compared to A-Ha by at least one august chronicle is
a thoroughly unwarrantable notion which we would do well to disregard!
(Unlike their Norwegian cousins Miike Snow are making
some entirely credible and enjoyable music).
Animal Collective analogies also quickly wear thin.
The band demonstrates a light and accessible pop-sensibility
running confidently through this effortlessly coherent debut.
'Animal' is a strong opening number. The slippery melody winding
in and around the chorus is as delightful as it is memorable.
'Silvia' is a slower-paced composition which builds gradually through
the six-and-a-bit minute course of its life on earth towards an
emotionally uplifting conclusion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good album, I've listened to it more than once and to be honest, I enjoyed it.Published 22 months ago by Alastair Massingham
Excellent album and with some great up beat tracks. I really enjoy listening to this.Published 23 months ago by M. G. Raines
Love miike snow and this album does not disappoint. Good for listening to, but not so great for eating, since you can't eat those downloadable versions, shame really, I do enjoy a... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by George van Ark
I'd never heard of Miike Snow before but this is pretty good, turned up on time in as described condition and I would recommend itPublished on 4 May 2013 by Muskrat
I bought it for Christmas for my brother along with another album by the same band. I've never listened to it.Maybe one day I willPublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by Francis Rossi
I bought their 2nd album first - please see my review of Miike Snow's 'Happy To You'. And am completely obsessed with their sound. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by IAN HATSWELL