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‘Miike Snow’ and ‘Sea Sew’; the best masculine rhyme since 2008.

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I have been eagerly anticipating the release of two albums this year: the first from Irish folk singer-songwriter, Lisa Hannigan and the second from Swedish electropop trio, Miike Snow. I believe the debut offerings from these  artists (‘Sea Sew‘ (2008) and ‘Miike Snow‘ (2009) respectively) to be the two best albums of the past three years. I rarely cite that I can listen to an album in its entirety without skipping the odd track, so when such an occasion presents itself, I know that I have truly found myself something special.Clearly on opposite sides of the page with regards to tempo and tone; both artists successfully manage to intersect at the point of their musical passion, lyrical creativity and natural charisma.

I have chosen my top three tracks from both albums below, which should support and validate the praise I regularly heap on both Hannigan and Snow (Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt).

First up: ‘Burial‘, ‘Animal‘ and ‘Cult Logic’ from Miike Snow. I first heard about the concept of the band several years ago and finally caught them live at V Festival in 2009. They seemed to hit the scene out of nowhere and certainly caught the critics off guard, who later quite happily succombed to their addictive electronic-indie charms. Watching this band is very much a show for the senses and I look forward to a more extensive headline tour following their forthcoming, as yet untitled album.

 

 

 

From ‘Sea Sew‘, I have chosen: ‘Ocean and a Rock‘, ‘I Don’t Know‘ and ‘Pistachio.’ I have watched Hannigan live a couple of times now and she never disappoints. Don’t let her timid demeanour fool you, Hannigan’s vocal range and stage presence are both fearless and unyielding. I guarantee that you will leave the performance space thinking and feeling ever so slightly different, about so many things.

 

 

 

Hannigan’s second album will be titled ‘Passenger‘ and will be released on September 20th, 2011 in the US, September 21st, 2011 in Ireland and September 24th, 2011 in the UK. As a special treat for Hannigan fans, I have included a video of the album title track below. A taste of the wondrous things to come, I am sure.

 

 

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August 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

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