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World premiere of Andrew Wyatt documentary; visionary, transformational, never fully contained

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Andrew Wyatt, one third of indie-electronic creatives Miike Snow, releases his debut solo album, ‘Descender’ on April 16th, 2013. If the album is even half as good as Miike Snow‘s previous two albums (‘Miike Snow’ (2009) and ‘Happy to You’ (2012) ), then fans can expect something extra special.

This week saw the world premiere of a documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski and released in collaboration with The Creators Project, which provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look into Wyatt’s creative process of making the album. The documentary focuses in part on the writing of ‘And Septimus…’, which will be the first single taken from the record. As the lead singer in Miike Snow, Wyatt has always been very much the focal point of the band’s image and overall vibe, but from the outset it was clear that his visionary capacity and transformational frontmanship could never be fully contained.

I am so excited for this album!

 

‘Descender’ is available to pre-order on iTunes now (http://smarturl.it/AWDescender) and receive the first single ‘And Septimus…’

‘Descender’ is released on April 16th, 2013.

 

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March 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

My top 5 recommended albums of 2012

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5. Purity Ring ‘Shrines’ (July, 2012)

The debut album, ‘Shrines’ from Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring, is at number 5 on my list of recommended albums of 2012.

Formed in 2010, the band consists of Megan James on lead vocals and Corin Roddick providing the instrumentals and backing vocals. The sound of Purity Ring has been described as ghost or witchwave, which is essentially dream pop fused with modern hip hop and vivid lyrical imagery which wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a European art-house horror film. If Purity Ring were a film, they would definitely be an 18 certificate; something beautiful to look at, yet terrifying in its execution and subsequent recurring nightmares.

http://www.purityringsongs.com

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4. Ellie Goulding ‘Halcyon’ (October, 2012)

Ellie Goulding‘s second album ‘Halcyon’ is at number 4.

Goulding is my favourite recipient to date of the BBC‘s annual Sound of… poll and Brit Awards’ Critics’ Choice. She won both awards in 2010 and has continued to grow and develop in to a diverse, visually-exciting and critically-respected artist.

It was Goulding’s 2010 cover of Elton John‘s ‘Your Song’, which sparked the current trend of using acoustic power ballad covers of well known songs to accompany seasonal or big brand tv advertisements, recent examples being Slow Moving Millie‘s ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and Gabrielle Aplin‘s ‘The Power of Love’.

‘Anything Could Happen’ was the first single to be released from the album and is one of my favourite tracks of this year. Goulding likes to experiment and is a creative risk-taker, as trendsetters commonly are. I think that she will be around for many years to come.

http://www.elliegoulding.com

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3. Miike Snow ‘Happy To You’ (March, 2012)

The second album, ‘Happy To You’, from Swedish indie-electronic band Miike Snow is at number 3.

The band’s debut, self-titled album was my favourite album of 2010 and I have been a huge fan of this quirky, multi-talented trio ever since. ‘Paddling Out’ and ‘The Wave’ have been released as singles so far, but my favourite tracks from the album would be ‘Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)’, ‘God Help This Divorce’ and ‘Pretender’. The 10-track album is full-bodied and frenetic with its mix of wandering synths and quivering beats, interspersed with trademark Snow double entendres. Some critics felt that this album didn’t quite live up to the hype created after the success of their first record, but fans generally and heartily disagree. ‘Happy To You’ is Miike Snow at their best, showcasing exactly what got them to where they are today and what sets them apart from the rest. Which is a lot.

http://www.miikesnow.com

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2. Marina and the Diamonds ‘Electra Heart’ (April, 2012)

Marina and the Diamonds’ second album, ‘Electra Heart’ is at number 2 on my list and it was quite a close call.

Marina came second to Ellie Goulding on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll and has enjoyed an equal level of success since. ‘Electra Heart’ was the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s ‘The Family Jewels’, and highlighted a marked shift on Marina’s part towards a more heavily electronic sound. The album tracks are based around the character of Electra Heart, who chronologically demonstrates Marina’s own take on the many facets of the female personality; the primadonna, the homewrecker and the teen idol. The musical creativity and writing on this album are stunning; both qualities being a factor in the album’s easy slide in to the number one position on the UK Album Chart on its release. ‘Electra Heart’ is cheeky and catchy whilst also being socially-conscious – not easy to pull off, but Marina manages to do it in style whilst conserving her substance.

www.marinaandthediamonds.com

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1. Lana Del Rey ‘Born To Die’ (January, 2012)

Lana Del Rey‘s debut album, ‘Born To Die’, holds the number 1 spot on my list and at the moment, on my in-car stereo too.

Del Rey’s sound has a cinematic quality to it – each track makes you the lead in your own independent film, be it a roadtrip along the Pacific coast with regular stops at 50s-inspired diners and vintage clothes stores or a weekend with the upper echelon in East Hampton. I literally cannot get enough of this album. I want to sound like Del Rey. I want to look like Del Rey. I want to be Del Rey. I trust that this clarifies matters.

http://www.lanadelrey.com

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December 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

If you only buy yourself one treat this week, let it be @miikesnow

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There are many things I’d change about this world, if I had the power and appropriate standing.

Everyone and everything would be equal.

Money would be obsolete.

People would care again.

Animals would be able to talk.

Life would go on forever.

And Miike Snow‘s new album ‘Happy To You’ would be sat in its rightful place, at the top of the UK Album Chart.

Together, we can make one of those dreams come true…

Zavvi, ÂŁ6.95 with free UK delivery.

http://www.zavvi.com/cd/miike-snow/happy-to-you/10587787.html?utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=gp&utm_campaign=gp_cd&affil=thggps

 

www.miikesnow.com

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April 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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Musical mayhem in menacingly marvellous @MiikeSnow style

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It would be fair to say that I am more than a little excited for the release of Miike Snow ‘s second album, ‘Happy To You.’ The record is released in the UK next Monday (March 19th, 2012) and I’ve loved every track I’ve heard so far. The latest video release comes in the form of new single ‘The Wave.’ The video follows on from the delightfully disturbing events of ‘Paddling Out.’ After being abducted and experimented upon in a bizarre task to create a perfect human named Jean Noel, several unfortunate youths come crashing down to dusty earth in a spaceship…with seemingly only one survivor. Much musical mayhem ensues in menacingly marvellous Miike Snow style. Both videos were directed by Andreas Nilsson, who has also worked with MGMT and Fever Ray.

 

Miike Snow has always placed great emphasis on the power of visuals, therefore it’s no great surprise that their music videos are always rather brilliant and thought-provoking. ‘Burial’ is one of my favourite tracks from their debut album and I’ve had this as my ringtone since 2009, such is my love and dedication! It was the first track I heard from the band and the video captivated me from the first few seconds. India has always been a dream holiday destination of mine. I’d love to take a good few weeks out and to travel to as many places as I could fit in, taking in the sights and sounds and colours. Till then, I have ‘Burial.’

www.miikesnow.com / www.nixonnoxin.com

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March 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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“Jim…he’s a dancer!” @MiikeSnow ‘s upcoming album and the freakishly funky ‘Paddling Out’

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Artist: Miike Snow

Album: ‘Happy to You

Release Date: March 13th, 2012 (US), March 19th, 2012 (UK/EU)

Label: Downtown / Universal Republic

Tracklist:

01 ‘Enter the Jokers Lair

02 ‘The Wave

03 ‘Devil’s Work’

04 ‘Vase

05 ‘God Help This Divorce’

06 ‘Bavarian #1 (say you will)’

07 ‘Pretender

08 ‘Archipelago’

09 ‘Black Tin Box’ [ft. Lykke Li]

10 ‘Paddling Out’

 

Miike Snow has two upcoming shows in the UK: May 30th, 2012 at HMV Ritz, Manchester and May 31st, 2012 at O2 Academy, Brixton. Both shows feature support performances from Niki & The Dove and Alex Metric and tickets can be purchased at the following link: www.gigsandtours.com

www.miikesnow.com / www.twitter.com/MiikeSnow

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February 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

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Paddling out and @miikesnow; the true definition of being happy to me

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My favourite electro-pop band, Miike Snow, have announced their debut single from second album ‘Happy To You’; ‘Paddling Out’ had its first airing on the Zane Lowe show last night, on Radio 1.

‘Happy To You’ is the follow-up to Miike Snow’s critically-acclaimed and evergreen debut self-titled record (2009) and hopes are high for what the Swedish electronic magicians have in store for us this time. ‘Paddling Out’ will be available to download on March 11th, 2012 with the second album getting its release a week later, on March 19th, 2012. An extensive tour of the US will follow.

 

Debut album tracks ‘Sylvia’, ‘Burial’ and ‘Cult Logic’ feature prominently in my list of favourite songs of my lifetime, and I fully expect their new album to add further poundage to that list.

Please extend that tour to the UK, guys!

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

www.miikesnow.com / www.twitter.com/miikesnow

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January 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

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2 years, 1 month and 11 days; the wait is over…new music from Miike Snow @miikesnow

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Miike Snow is Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt; an indie-electronic band from Sweden and the US, and one of my personal favourites. The band released their self-titled debut album in October 2009, which includes such internationally- acclaimed tracks as the infectious ‘Animal’ (for which I am yet to find an antidote) and the sublime ‘Burial’ (still, one of the most stunning music videos I’ve ever seen.) The album in its entirety is a masterpiece of electro-pop; see ‘Cult Logic’ and ‘Plastic Jungle’ for proof of such a grand statement. I watched the band perform live for the first time at V Festival 2009 and was transfixed by their stage presence and the musical and technical creativity that emanates from each member. Like their avatar; the mythical Jackalope (half rabbit/half antelope), Miike Snow are somewhat shy and elusive in temperament, yet remain effortlessly cool.

Last week, the band announced that after 2 years, 1 month and 11 days, their second album was complete:

The videos are being shot.  The artwork is being finished.  The tour dates are being planned.

A taste of what was to come was provided this week  in the form of new track, ‘Devil’s Work’, with accompanying video by Andreas Nillson. Heavier drums take prominence over keys on this track, but the band’s original aim when they formed, to:

 …merge the sound of a live thing — piano and drums — with something that is very programmed and old.

is still clearly very much at the forefront of their sound. Andrew Wyatt’s captivating and unique vocals are definitely one of Miike Snow ‘s unique selling points and sell they shall, in abundance if there is any justice in this business which they call music. Miike Snow ‘s as yet untitled second album is set for release in early 2012 with a new single in January. I’ll be first in the virtual line for this much anticipated body of work and wonder.

www.miikesnow.co.uk

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