Miike Snow's 'Black and Blue' Music Video

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Swedish indie-pop group Miike Snow (no, that’s not a typo) just released the music video for their hit single “Black and Blue.” Miike Snow’s sound has been described by professional music critics as “A-ha meets Animal Collective.” I personally like to think that their sound is more of an offshoot of Passion Pit’s. The band’s lead singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt even sounds a bit like Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos.

The guys released their self-titled debut album back in May of 2009, and on it was “Black and Blue” and “Animal,” a song that went on to catapult them to fame. It’s funny, because as I sit here writing this, Miike Snow is currently playing at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge, MA, which is just a stone’s throw away from me. I wish I had bought tickets.

Anyway, the video for “Black and Blue” is one of the more captivating ones that I’ve seen lately, and it’s not incredibly weird. It actually depicts an interesting story; after the 3 minutes and 42 seconds are up, you feel for the main character.

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Boston's Passion Pit Releases Debut Album Manners [VIDEO]

Passion Pit MannersIt was February 2007. Michael Angelakos, a student and singer/songwriter at Emerson College, was looking for that special gift to give to his then girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. What he came up with were six songs recorded under the alias Passion Pit. The songs failed to woo his lover, but spread like wildfire at Emerson and caught the collective interest of the student body. It was then that Angelakos realized he had something big on his hands.

The six songs morphed into an EP named “Chunk of Change” and was officially released in late September 2008. On it was a song called “Sleepyhead,” which has since gained over 2.6 million listens on MySpace and over 1 million views on YouTube. The success of “Sleepyhead” led to Passion Pit landing a record deal with New York City-based Frenchkiss Records and Columbia Records in the UK. It’s also helped Passion Pit gain a full-fledged quartet for live performances.

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