CMU Approved

Approved: Miike Snow feat Lykke Li – Black Tin Box

By | Published on Thursday 26 January 2012

Miike Snow

A luminous communion between twin Scandinavian flames now, in the form of a pre-emptive preview of Miike Snow’s second LP ‘Happy To You’. First preview track ‘Black Tin Box’, with a guest appearance by Lykke Li, is propped and propelled by an insistent percussive will; it moves through swathes of writhing synth scales, frosted steel pans, and phrasings weighted with black symbolism; even absorbing a glacial strings arrangement in what proves a truly radiant final sequence.

The Swedish trio find a worthy counterpart in countrywoman Lykke Li – also co-founder of the band’s and Peter, Bjorn and John’s INGRID label – whose role is so well integrated as to bypass that jarring, deliberately ostentatious quality that defines too many music cameos. Plus, it’s Lykke Li.

With ‘Happy To You’ set for release on 26 Mar, unwrap ‘Black Tin Box’ here: