Miike Snow won’t stop teasing. Only within days after unveiling new single “Paddling Out”, the Swedish supergroup has now unleashed the third new track from upcoming album “Happy To You”. The Lykke-Li-featuring “Black Tin Box” sounds like the best of both worlds: pretty synths from the band and Lykke’s love for boisterous drums. It’s probably my favorite out of the three we heard so far, from what’s shaping to be a great second album.
STREAM: Miike Snow – Black Tin Box (feat. Lykke Li)
“Happy To You” drops March 27.
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When Lykke Li was on tour down under, she popped by Triple J HQ for an acoustic live session. For the station’s “Like A Version” segment which is basically an Aussie version of Live Lounge, she delivered a haunting cover of The Righteous Brothers‘ 1965 classic “Unchained Melody”. The perennially brooding Swede’s got that uncanny ability to sing like she’s alone in a cavernous cathedral, even if she’s just sitting comfily in a studio. With this melancholy performance, Lykke has officially joined the Melody cover club, previously inhabited by the likes of Gareth Gates, Clay Aiken and Air Supply. I quite like how she bluntly answered “No” when asked if she likes the movie “Ghost”. Lykke’s got no love for claymaking doomed lovers! Listen to her version below, and grab it for free if you like.
MP3: Lykke Li – Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers Cover)
I’ve been pretty obsessed with wicked popstrel Lykke Li‘s new single, “I Follow Rivers”. It’s a brilliant piece of hippie pop with simple but hypnotic hooks and vaguely occult lyrics. Plus, bongos and handclaps are always a winning combo. Now Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio/Maximum Balloon has reworked the track and added some trumpets! As far as remixes go, this one is really fun. I’ve already got the video treatment planned out in my head. She should be leading an army of dancing Lis, Pied Piper style, to an actual river – literal gold! I doubt they will shoot it on location, though, considering the weather/budget constraints, so I suppose it will be a studio shoot. She’s a strong visual artist/performer, so I’m sure she will deliver.
I was initially disappointed with the previous free single, “Get Some”, which showcases a new aggressive side of her. I somewhat preferred its b-side, the more introspective, stripped-down “Paris Blue”. “I Follow Rivers” was more of a proper tune and a good direction to head in. Lykke Li is pretty much in a field of her own right now, so I have high hopes for the new album, “Wounded Rhymes”.
Check out a recent live performance “I Follow Rivers” on the Live P3 Guld awards show, which sounds more mellow live than I imagined.