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SOTD for 6/23/2009: Miike Snow – “Silvia”

Today’s Song of the Day: 

Miike Snow – “Silvia”

Do not let your eyes confuse you – Miike Snow is not supposed to read “Mike Snow.”  Miike Snow is a Swedish indie electropop group named after the famed Japanese director Takashi Miike.  Miike is fairly well-known among film fans for his violent and often unnerving movies, which frequently feature the organized crime group known as the Yakuza.  While Miike is rumored to have ties to the Yakuza, the SOTD team is doubting their presence extends to Sweden. 

“Silvia” is a song that SOTD interprets to be about coveting a stranger.  Speaking of reaching the city by following the power lines, the lyrics would seem to suggest riding on public transportation.  As the car stops, the woman gets off, and the man on her arm follows.  Wishing that he would have gotten off, the narrator asks the woman to stop the car, so that he can get off and chase after her before he loses her forever. 

Miike Snow

Miike Snow

Despite the fact that Sweden once labeled James Blunt’s similar love for a stranger on public transportation song “You’re Beautiful”  the worst song of the year, the Swedes seem to be going for this one.  In the vein of Downey Jr.’s character says in the film Tropic Thunder, “You never go half-[stalker].”   “Silvia” should have no problem being creepy enough for the homeland, as its electro-techno beats effectively back the sinister stalker-speak contained behind them. 

SOTD says, Miike Snow sounds like: “A fight between a piano and a synthesizer to support vocals vaguely similar to OneRepublic.” 

SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  5/3 = 1.7U

SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc. 

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About Song of the Day: 

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – and  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog –



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