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Album to Watch: iii

As I was strutting my stuff on my way to my 8:30 a.m. financial accounting class this morning, I had every intention of writing an article about my favorite bodacious babe’s debut album, Por Vida by Kali Uchis, later in the day. But after listening to my track list for my impending radio show a disgusting amount of times, I decided to do the unthinkable: I branched out into new music. Lo and behold, Miike Snow released an album that very same day on Spotify, my drug of choice. Although I admit I do not have as extensive knowledge about this album as I would have liked since it was uploaded mere hours ago, I’m hoping you still enjoy the ride.

Miike Snow is an indie electro-pop band that originated in Stockholm, Sweden in 2007. Band members include producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, a.k.a. Bloodshy & Avant, along with lead singer Andrew Wyatt. Karlsson and Winnberg have worked with the likes of Sky Ferreira, Kelis, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Kylie Minogue while Wyatt has worked with more obscure groups in the past. The band as a whole has famously remixed tracks for Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn and John, Vampire Weekend, Kings of Leon, and Depeche Mode. Interestingly enough, the band was named after a mutual friend, Mike Snow with one “i,” rather than a bandmate. As is customary, their newest album is christened with their trademark silhouette of a jackalope, this time encompassed by an explosion of color.

imgresThe band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2009 under Downtown Records and received positive reception in both the U.S. and Sweden. Miike Snow’s most memorable hits are “Animal,” “Black & Blue,” and “Silvia.” Miike Snow’s sophomore album Happy To You was subsequently released in 2012 with top tracks “Paddling Out,” “The Wave,” and “Black Tin Box” with Lykke Li. Happy To You and Miike Snow’s most recent album iii, which was released on March 4, 2016, were produced under the group’s independent record label INGRID.

iii is fairly new, but I’m going to cheat and choose “Heart Is Full” feat. Run The Jewels and “Genghis Khan,” which were released late last year, as my top two and “For U” feat. Charli XCX as my number three.

It is critical that you listen to Run The Jewels’ remix of “Heart Is Full” as opposed to the song without the hip-hop supergroup because Killer Mike’s rap adds that much more badassery to the track. This song is one of my favorites because it has the perfect mix of Miike Snow’s playful pop and Run The Jewels’ killer cool vibe, not to mention how sweet the album art is, too. Miike Snow may not be a lyrical genius, but check out imgres-1this endearing chorus:

“Please don’t knock over my heart                                                               Cause my heart is full of you                                                                            Yeah, my heart is full of you
Cause my heart is full of you
Yeah, my heart is full of you”

“Genghis Khan” is surprisingly tongue-in-cheek as the vocalist humorously compares himself to Genghis Khan, the aggressive founder of the Mongol Empire, as a metaphor for how violently jealous he gets when his girl sleeps with other guys. Again, the chorus says it all pretty simply:

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“I get a little bit Genghis Khan    I don’t want you to get it on
With nobody else but me                                                                                  With nobody else but me”

And finally, I am biased towards “For U” because Charli XCX is such a boss in my humble opinion. I don’t know how I feel about Wyatt’s distorted voice in this song, but Charli absolutely kills it with her affectionate proclamation to always “be there for you.”

If you’re looking to overdose on electro-pop, which seems to be the only genre I like talking about these days, be sure to check out Discovery, Metronomy, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, The Naked and Famous, and Cut Copy.

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