Miike Snow: cool as ice
Miike Snow arrive at New Music headquarters with a CV we rarely see around these parts. Two-thirds of the band are Swedish producers Pontus Winnberg and Kristian Carlsson, who have worked on chartbusting hits for Britney Spears (Toxic), Kylie, Madonna and Sugababes. The third member is Andrew Wyatt, a Yank who has worked with Mark Ronson, Daniel Merriweather, Ebony Bones and The AM.
You’re right – that’s a lot of namedropping. But the three Snowmen weren’t content to just stay in the studio and rack up the hits: they wanted To Do A Timbaland. This happens when hugely successful and well-paid knob-twiddlers fancy some time in the limelight for themselves.
Of course, they get a record deal – what label would say no in the hope of getting a discount on production fees in the future? – but often the subsequent album, as Timbaland certainly showed with Shock Value, is never quite up to scratch.
It’s a relief to report that Miike Snow buck this particular trend with some elan. Their self-titled debut album features both lush pop, the sort which might entice you to get out the cigarette-lighters, and sleek electro house, which usually causes the strobes to go a little woozy. Throughout, Miike Snow keep their cool, pile on the drama where it’s required, and maintain a stately mood of melancholy.
Naturally, they can expect the folks at various US TV programmes to be on the blower seeking to shoehorn tracks such as Salvia and Animal into suitable on-screen scenes. Chances are, too, that they won’t be doing gigs for other pop stars for some time to come.