Miike Snow - Happy to You
Electronic pop is hardly a genre in desperate need of yet another troupe of synth-toting, sample-happy gents in Kraftwerk suits - which is exactly why Miike Snow are more than welcome upon their return. Swedish production duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg and American vocalist Andrew Wyatt are the trio behind the name, itself an oddball choice that's entirely suitable for a band whose approach to the electro-pop playing field is just the right amount to the left - and all the better for it.
All the staples of great 21st Century Swedish pop are present: catchy melodies, production that's both classic and forward-thinking, and the sense of unshackled adventure that so often produces great results. Fellow Swede Lykke Li even makes an appearance on album standout 'Black Tin Box', a creeping, somewhat sinister mood piece that showcases just one shade from the trio's idiosyncractic pallette. Four-to-the-floor house club banger 'Paddling Out' is a celebratory conclusion to all that has come before, including shimmering, crystalline ballads ('God Help this Divorce') and examples of ear-catching avant-pop ('The Wave', 'Vase') that one would only expect from the team behind Britney's 'Toxic'. With bursts of brass and opaque, ominous lyrics only adding to the band's individual slant, this second album will most certainly be happy to you and you and you.