Miike Snow – an Intercontinental trio

…and that’s the very first thing you should know, it’s “they”. Welcome to the 10th post at the lane and the presentation of one of my very favourite acts. Miike Snow consist of Andrew Wyatt, born and raised in Manhattan New York, famous by his that time band called the A.M.  and Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg a famous DJ and songwriter duo from Sweden. Very few people know that exactly these two guys wrote hits like “Toxic” by Britney Spears and collaborated with numerous acts like Madonna, Kelis, Depeche Mode or Kylie Minogue.

Miike Snow released their first single in summer 2009 called “Animal” the track was a catchy, easy-listening song you’ll probably won’t capture its full value before you hear it live. The record called Miike Snow was an insider in the indie-scene back then, before hits like “Black and Blue”, “Plastic Jungle” or “Silvia” appeared in various fashion serials like Gossip Girl and others. Their style was different; despite the fact that it was easy to listen and the songs were vague and deep in their lyrics. The following extracts are therefore an absolute MUST for every music enthusiast.

After a world tour and appearances on several TV shows and festivals the band took a break, only to devote themselves to their own projects. Andrew Wyatt for example collaborated with Mark Ronson & the Business INTL. feat Boy George releasing a pretty solid dance track called “Somebody to love me”.

In 2011 however the three guys re-assembled to start putting together tunes for their new record. The band managed to stay controversial and keeping their own style which by today is very hard to actually classify. One of the first tracks to be released was called “the Bavarian #1” at Annie Mac. The following public making of the rest of the tracks was, according to my perception, a stroke of genius. By inventing an alter-ego to represent their new album called “Happy to You” the band launched a brilliant marketing campagne promoting their new record. Miike Snow is by today one of the few bands which actually is quite some piece of work to me. Their songs either strike like a lightning and you keep on whistle them for months OR you’re pitifully overwhelmed and appreciate the song only by the 10th time you actually hear it.

The Insider: As mentioned earlier:

Sounds like: Delphic, Empire of the Sun, La Roux, Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, Passion Pit

And the “Happy to You”  storyline featuring “Paddling Out” and “the Wave”.