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Syliva by Miike Snow

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Reviewed on 24th January 2010.



By Miike Snow

NME has heralded them "an almighty force of anarchic-futurism" while Time Out magazine describes "a sublime collection of pinballing sounds." Miike Snow's debut album, of the same name, met raucous critical acclaim back in October and now the Swedish trio return in 2010 for a UK headline tour, hitting Leeds University on Monday 8th February.

Meanwhile, the single 'Sylvia' is to be released on 25th January, two days before the first tour date at the London Tabernacle. The single opens with a simple piano intro, welcoming the ethereal, echoing voice of Andrew Wyatt. The song floats seamlessly into a fast-moving drumbeat, but the voice keeps the pace slow and gives an undeniable feeling of sadness and loss. The video portrays a broken world, in which bodies are scattered across a suburban landscape and people are forced to live a primal existence. The imagery is dark throughout and culminates in the silent ceremonial burning of an antlered animal in a dark forest. Before seeing the video, it would have been easy to assume that the song refers to drug use, with reference to "power lines" and "it's all my fault for not getting off / So you made it start, can you make it stop?." The lyrics also suggest forbidden or unreachable love: "No I can't have you here / someone else on your skin." However, the video points to a more universal loss and separation, perhaps a loss of society and morality.



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