Swedish electro-pop trio Miike Snow have released just one album to date but there is already much more to them than meets the eye. In various guises, the band members have a built an impressive collective CV.
Not least is the fact that two of three, Pontus Winnberg and Kristian Carlsson (working as Bloodshy & Avant), co-wrote and produced Britney Spears's 2004 hit, Toxic. A better example of post-millennial pop it would be very hard to find. It earned them a Grammy.
The self-titled debut album Miike Snow, released earlier this summer, is a collection of light, chilled synth-pop that suggests a wide range of influences, from Röyksopp to A-Ha. Unusually, the Miike Snow sound is perfect for both warm summer evenings and cold winter nights. It is also excellent.
The Swedes bring their season-busting thought-pop to the UK in January, opening at Notting Hill's Tabernacle. A further eleven dates follow inside a hectic fortnight, taking in venues across the country including Oxford, Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool. An additional Oxford date follows at the beginning of March.
Tickets are on sale now starting at just £7.50 (£10 for tabernacle, London).