No, not the song by Ke$ha. This week’s featured track is from Miike Snow, a fun little Swedish group that just produced their self titled album in September of 2009. The track “Animal” opens up what is an impressive debut for the threesome, who have already worked with big names like Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend.
Miike Snow sounds like a more ethereal Animal Collective, and their lyrics have a vagueness and mystique to them: “I change shapes just to hide in this place/But I’m still, I’m still an animal.” Vocals are breathy and a little melancholy, but the synth-pop arrangement balances them out with a bouncy backdrop. “Animal” is definitely the kind of thing you could bring along on gray-sky-day run, while the Mark Ronson remix has more of a Bob-Marley-blasting-from-a-boombox-at-the-beach feel to it. There’s something to be said about this song being both a haunting but catchy arrangement, and I think it’s that Miike Snow might have major potential.