Swedish indie rock band, Miike Snow, are back with their second studio album, Happy To You, and when we say this album is amazing, we aren’t kidding. The album follows their successful debut album Miike Snow that gained them international success as an up and coming band to look out for. The boys have brought back they’re signature sound that mixes together up-beat dance tracks with the heavy echoed and distorted vocals of Andrew Wyatt. If you haven’t bought the album or checked out some of the tracks yet, be SURE to do so. This album covers every kind of song you need from heart wrenching ballads, to heavy synth infused songs, to your soon to be favorite indie-dance track. Let us give you a quick description of all the tracks.
1. Enter the Joker’s Lair - Right off the bat, fans are re-introduced to the classic Miike Snow sound that features heavy synth-induced bass and then turns into the perfect head-bobbing song. With the focus being on the carnivalesque sound, you can’t stop yourself from moving to this beat. The boys got it right with the first track and it just leaves you wanting to hear more.
2. The Wave – The second single off the album is a nice switch from the fast paced opening song. This song features a military drum beat and a straight-forward piano line that leaves room for the ever so catchy vocal line. Every track has a bit of an electro beat to it, which makes you tap your feet along to the track whether or not you want to. “The Wave” starts out simple and builds up to an explosion of sounds we are sure fans will love.
3. Devil’s Work – This track is the perfect mixture of a piano-based ballad mixed with an electro-art pop backing track that stays true to Miike Snow’s Swedish indie pop roots. Fans are introduced to a string section that plucks along the piano-based melody, as well as a set of brassy instruments that add a depth to the overall sound of the track. The use tons of different special effects and electronic sounds remind fans why they fell in love with the band in the first place.
4. Vase – The fourth track on the album immediately hits you with clap-based beat that keeps you hooked until the end of the four minute song. This song is a bit slower than the others, but leaves room for the vocals and lyrics of Wyatt to shine through. No questi0n that this track is a nice change from the dancier tracks that followed it.
5. God Help This Divorce – Halfway through the album, “God Help This Divorce” comes in which features the fresh bright sound of a grand piano, glockenspiel and light drumming. Vocally, the melody is a harmonic light line that features a much more up-lifting sound then the previous tracks.
6. Bavarian #1 (Say You Will) – Once again, we hear that military marching beat coming from the percussion instruments on Miike Snow‘s second album. You could argue that this track is really the essence of what the band and the entire album is about. The track really highlights the elements that employ the whimsical lilt of a piano melody with playful whistling and the omnipresent distorted synth. The sound is a fresh one compared to the typical bass centered tracks. This track is definitely one of our favorites from the album!
7. Pretender – There’s no doubt that the focus of this track is the quirky syncopated sound of the piano that guides the entire track. Wyatt’s vocals are coated with echo and reverb making him almost sound like he is whispering his vocals. The drum kit provides an undeniably catchy beat that keeps the song moving forward.
8. Archipelago – Here we have arguably the happiest roll-down-your-car-windows-and-let-the-sun-in song on the entire album. The mix of the piano and drum melody against the synth bass leaves fans with a straight cut beat that is easy for anyone to follow. The bridge makes listeners feel as though they are underwater almost with a bubbly and distancing synth line below the vocal line. We can guarantee this song will make you smile.
9. Black Tin Box (Feat. Lykke Li) – “Black Tin Box” is the first track on the album which features fellow indie pop heavyweight Lykke LiShe helps out on a verse and adds the haunting vocals that are required for this creepy sounding song. The track features echoing, mumbled vocals and a subtle beat create a strange dream state that finally underlines Miike Snow’s rather dark lyrics. It’s a stark contrast to other heavier hits and adds a bit of mystery to the bands typical electro dance/pop songs.
10. Paddling Out – The final song of the album and the first official single of Happy To You is “Paddling Out”. This track is an electric sound of clever texturing, memorable hooks and provocative words. These layers of vocals and bass tracks keep the track super interesting, as well as the articulation of the synth. The children’s vocals used on the chorus add a nice contrast to the syncopated rhythm of the track. Overall, this track ends the album on a super high note and we are sure it will leave fans bopping their heads till the very end.
The album Check out the video for the second single off the album, “The Wave”!