While European dance music does not grip listeners here as it does in the land of techno parades, Miike Snow's meld with synth pop conjures Passion Pit's East Coast catchiness wicked with a house flow. Us Chicagoans can dance ourselves delirious to this mix tomorrow night at 7:30 or 10:30 p.m. at the Empty Bottle (the UK's Jack Peñate of XL Recordings supporting).
Their Downtown Records self-titled debut is cryptic on who Miike Snow is, featuring a silhouetted jackalope in an ice cube. Miike Snow is the Swedish production duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg and American songwriter Andrew Wyatt, who funnel one another's collective creative energies into crafting an album intelligent enough it could be split into pure electro instrumentals, or layered with Wyatt's vocals to compliment our conditioned musical taste buds. Christian and Pontus are otherwise known as Bloodshy & Avant, their alter-ego with credentials and credits among the top of pop, yet this is a different mythical beast compared to the majority of their previous production work. Andrew Wyatt's soothing ghostly crooning distinguishes Miike Snow for the indie audience from electropop counterparts. In Search Of, for instance, has the spectral singing fading in over a pulsating synched platform, as if Wyatt's fellow members were dialing him in and out as a sample or beat.
Christian and Pontus became acquainted in Gothenburg, Sweden before reuniting in the creative hotspot of islands that make up Stockholm. After building their production background over the years, they met Andrew Wyatt, previously of The A.M. and Fires of Rome, in 2004 and thus, the creature in the cube was realized. With producers and songwriters in place, the missing piece of an album was recorded in a departure to the warehouses and cabins often used in the Midwest-King Gustaf III's mistress' house. Makes you wonder if she had a premonition all those centuries ago of not-so-baroque music being recorded in her residence. The likes of Italian duo Crookers, behind the border-crossing brilliant Kid Cudi remix, and America's Benny Blanco have since taken the driver's seat in remixing their tracks.
to Chicagoland, Miike Snow is on their third tour of the States. Their
prior local dates were early August, accompanying Lykke Li during a
Lollapalooza Aftershow before taking the stage the following day at the