For a relatively small country, Sweden seems to disproportionately produce quality musical acts that manage to find the right balance of creativity and accessibility. From Robyn and Lykke Li to Peter Bjorn and John and The Radio Dept., Swedish artists seem to have most corners of the indie pop spectrum on lock. Miike Snow is another Swedish group that has been making waves in recent years, bolstered in large part by their earwormy self-titled debut album in 2009.
The self-described “Three Headed Band with the One Man name” released their sophomore LP, Happy To You, last Tuesday, and if second single “The Wave” is any indication, it’s one to check out. “The Wave” packs a lot of what makes Miike Snow’s music worthwhile into a tight four-minute song: there’s the instantly memorable piano progression; the background marching drums that give the track some kick; and melodies that will be bouncing around inside your head after a couple of spins.
The visual piece for the song is another monster altogether. A continuation of the similarly weird and possibly drug inspired video for first single “Paddling Out,” the clip for “The Wave”–directed by Andreas Nillson and shot on a beautiful desert landscape–begins with a meteoric explosion that wipes out dozens of humans. Aside from that brief description, I’ll leave it to the rest of you to come up with interpretations for this oddball video.