Miike Snow are a Stockholm-formed, three piece outfit that first hit the mainstream scene back in early 2009 with thier debut self titled record. With band members Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg already sustaining a lucrative career behind the scenes as award winning producers, notably for Britney Spears’ mega-hit Toxic as well as working with the A-list likes of Kylie Minogue and Madonna, the band enlisted their American vocalist Andrew Wyatt to form the electoric-pop collective in 2007.
With an effortless blend of electronica and mainstream pop Happy To You, the bands sophomore record, sees Miike Snow continuing on from where the outfits last effort left us but with a much more mature approach. With so much experience and success brought to the table by each member of the band it is no surprise that Happy To You ticks all the boxes in terms of quality and credible pennings that are found dotted heavily throughout this new record.
Opening the album is the electro happy instrumentally indulgent gem, Enter The Jokers Lair. Gently ushering us into Happy To You the track invites us into the world of Miike Snow with a synth laden number that is both beautifully composed yet instrumentally minimalistic.
The Wave takes us through a journey filled with marching band drum rolls and some confident and complimenting echoed vocals while the brassy, The Devil’s Work, presents to us the albums obvious highlight with a Coldplay-esque piano foundation that sits boldly beneath an infectious and melodic structure of big band brass instruments and a pounding rhythm that firmly implants into your memory to remind you of its solid position on the record.
Another highlight that is found on the ten track collection is the bands lead single Paddling Out, which is currently representing the record, having been released over the past couple of weeks. The tracks momentous chorus reminds us of recent Foster The People efforts but the track quickly establishes itself as a flawlessly penned and original addition to Happy To You with a memorable chorus that closes the album.
Fellow swede Lykke Li pops up on the syrupy yet haunting Black Tin Box, providing the track with a sweet dose of pop vocal within a melody of laid back electronica and a thumping drum beat on the records token duet.
Happy To You is a fine return for Miike Snow and the band will be back on the live circuit throughout 2012 to play songs from the record with a date already confirmed at London’s Brixton Academy on 31st May, the first date for us to hear how the record transcends into a live environment.
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