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Released yesterday (march 13th) The long awaited 2nd album from Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow. Consisting of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (also known as Bloodshy & Avant) and Andrew Wyatt.
Their self-titled debut album was a fluffy, albeit highly enjoyable, piece of dancey fun hardly assuaged the doubts that Miike Snow were merely an audio business card, existing primarily for its members to secure more remixing and writing work.
Infinitely more coherent and infinitely more innovatively produced than the debut, Happy to You is a bold, brassy (literally on The Devil’s Work) statement of intent. It’s full of tips of the hat to all sorts of unlikely sources, from Enter The Jokers Lair threatening to break into Argentine Melody (Cancion de Argentina), Rod Argent’s 1978 World Cup theme, to Vase’s homage to The Cure’s Close to You, via The Devil’s Work introducing itself in the stentorian manner of Foreigner’s Cold as Ice.
Right now, they may desperately need the hit which will propel them into the mainstream, but Miike Snow are in a better place then they even they could have expected and Happy to You is a greater leap forwards than we could have expected them to make. It’s a delight.
01 – Enter the Jokers Lair
02 – The Wave
03 – Devil’s Work
04 – Vase
05 – God Help This Divorce
06 – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)
07 – Pretender
08 – Archipelago
09 – Black Tin Box (feat. Lykke Li)
10 – Paddling Out
11 – Garden
12 – No Starry World
13 – Paddling Out (Wolfgang Gartner Remix)
14 – Devil’s Work (Alex Metric Remix)