Happy to You 4/5 When your band comprises hotshot Swedish duo Bloodshy and Avant – who have penned and produced hits for Madonna and Britney – and US songwriter and Mark Ronson collaborator Andrew Wyatt, it must be easy to get a break in the biz. It’s maintaining the success that’s tough, but with second record Happy to You, Miike Snow have proved that they’re worth another look.
Their eponymous debut was a collection of fun, synth-heavy and undeniably catchy dance tracks that wouldn’t seem out of place next to The Temper Trap and Passion Pit. And while their breakout song, ‘Animal’, was testament to their button-pushing skills, it lacks the depth of single ‘Devil’s Work’. With its layers of rolling drums, pulsating piano and heady brass, it puts a bold new spin on Miike Snow’s signature sound. This follow-up suggests they took time to experiment with their tools: songs such as ‘Black Tin Box’ swaddle vocals in robotic effects, teaming them with synthetic steel pan, sci-fi-like whirs and a guest spot by fellow Swede, Lykke Li.
The electronics on ‘Enter the Joker’s Lair’ whizz by like cars on a racetrack, accompanied by xylophone flutterings and jittery Casio drumpad samples. Things get even weirder on ‘God Help This Divorce’, which apes Simon And Garfunkel’s ‘The Only Living Boy in New York’, but with added psychedelic ripples. It’s like they’ve deconstructed their previous record and reassembled it, giving Happy to You a sense of urgency that demands your attention.