John A. Logan once said, “Music’s the medicine of the mind.” When I heard this quote, I instantly thought about Miike Snow, the Music Artist of the Week.
Miike Snow hails from Stockholm, Sweden and was formed back in 2007. Two of the members of Miike Snow enjoyed success as producers and songwriters for several well-known artists, including Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears.
The band has released one album so far, also called Miike Snow, which was released on September 22, 2009 and consists of 11 songs. This album is great to listen too, combining great drums, rhythmic piano playing and synthesizers to create some really catchy sounding music.
The majority of the songs on the album really stand out, but the song that stands above the rest is “Animal,” the opening song of the CD. “Animal” is an extremely enjoyable song with an upbeat hook. Its lyrics are great, telling people to break free from social conventions and ignore materialistic values. “There is a hole and I tried to fill it up with money/ But it gets bigger till your horse is always running/ In your eyes I see the yes of somebody/ That could be strong.” “Animal” is a song that demands you to listen to it continually.
Interestingly, a very strong aspect of Miike Snow’s music is the ability to sing about grief and sadness but make it sound happy and joyful. For example, in the song “Black and Blue,” Mike Snow sings about
a failed relation but manages to maintain that uplifting, funky sound.
Miike Snow’s album strikes a chord that resonates throughout the entire body, making it impossible to hold still.