Single Review: Miike Snow – Devil’s Work

By on Monday, 19th December 2011 at 12:00 pm

I’m not sure where I stand with the new Miike Snow single that’s been giving some people in the internet full-out ecstasy. I don’t hear it. Make no mistake, I enjoyed their self-titled debut from 2009 (review here) so much, I saw them twice (the first time in DC and then again at Roskilde last year) promoting their then fresh material. Two years passes and the 1/3rd American, 2/3rd Swedish band put out this single, ‘Devil’s Work’.

With a name like that, you need to bring it. With the strong, banging piano at the front, there is a sense of promise. ‘Miike Snow’ succeeded by doing two things very well: inherent whimsical fun (‘Animal’, ‘Burial’) or dark sexiness (‘Silvia’, ‘Black and Blue’); I guess these are the things I am missing here. When I first heard this song, I immediately thought this is what doomed the last Chems album: they’re attempting to write the perfect soundtrack. So imagine my laughter finding out Miike Snow had a ‘film accompaniment’ to this song (which I’ve included under the downloadable stream below). Spoiler alert: the video is just a person running down a stretch of motorway in the desert. Like the song, it goes nowhere.

I wanted to love this, I really did. But I’m just not feeling it. (The Guardian is saying this first song is “inspiring the likes of Coldplay”– oh good god.) Frankly, I’m terrified about the new album.


I can’t find release info for the single in the UK but I’m seeing it is being released in North America tomorrow (20 December) so hopefully it’s available in the UK now too. The second album from Miike Snow has an unknown release date.


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