Expect to hear a large percentage of this soundtracking your life in the near future
Ian Wade 2009-08-14
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.