Little did you know, Miike Snow is not, in fact, the name of an individual, and though they do, in fact, meet the criteria that most would find suitable to deem them a “band,” I feel that labeling them as such would only serve to strip them of the audible colors that truly define them. See, the double ‘i’ says it all (and for those of you who are new to the name, go ahead, recheck it for the repeated letter you missed last time); Rather than existing as the result of a sticky keyboard (as was the case in The Faint‘s “Fasciinatiion,” for example), I feel that this particular repeated character could only have been added in an attempt to exemplify the beautifully unique, yet masterfully disguised subtleties that let this Norwegian collective stand apart from the rest of the world. And yes, I am aware of how needlessly confusing my language is, but before you give up on me, (as it would be among the truest of shames to let the tunes below go unheard) let me explain.
I think it’s fair to say that the blogosphere thrives on what we like to call electronic music. The mere fact that you’re reading this text surely attests to that. However, what isn’t fair is that because of the relentless use of the word “dance” as a synonym for “electronic” we’ve all but closed our minds to the notion that electronic music might otherwise be home to an entire world of sub genre’s, many of which do not impose the “all songs must start with a minimum eight bars of empty drums to allow for conduciveness to dj’ing” rule. In such a scene, it’s often quite easy to forget that everything from Beck, to RJD2, to Justin Timberlake could be considered electronic by the truest definition of the word, and while I do agree that such artists would, in most cases, struggle to fit in among the eighties revival hipsters of our time, closing our minds to everything lacking a four on the floor beet is an undeniable mistake, and it is this mistake that Miike Snow succeeds in bringing to the attention our surprisingly stubborn scene. Where the flow chart documenting the mentality of all too many modern electronic artist starts at “make music,” and proceeds onward to, “make edited dj version of that music” –> “spin this version at gig” –> “chicks like me,” Miike Snow‘s version both starts and stops at “make music,” a philosophy which is embodied by a peculiar reluctance to tour, or even show their faces.
Like I said, they threw in the extra “i” on purpose; That is, much in the way that the name has a subtle, but noticeable difference to it, the music they put forth has a certain meaning and beauty to it that often requires more than a quick listen to fully grasp. However, once one knows it’s there, its impossible to forget.
For Those Insatiable Appetites
Despite what it would seem, I do realize there are indeed times that seem to scream for the energy of a packed dance floor, and I suppose it would be rather cruel to leave the winged creatures of the night with nowhere to fly, so rather then leave you to hit your head on the ceiling, I figure I should probably include a couple of the more energy draining heavy hitters as of late. I should advise you to be careful, however: with the wondrously attractive melodies of Miike Snow, as well as the power consuming tunes to follow at your disposal, there’s a good chance you might forget that food is also a necessity for life. It’d be a shame to end up like that World of Warcraft kid now…