by Ben Lozovsky
Shrouded in masks and clouds of rising smoke, Miike Snow brought their consciously resonant electro pop to Webster Hall Saturday (3/27), one of three shows the band played in NYC over the weekend. It was just another incidence of identity cloaking and confusion-inspiring antics from the trio of Swedish producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg and American Andrew Wyatt.
But its not just their personas that get shrouded; the music on their eponymous debut album demonstrated an ability to craft music with a widely acceptable reach that was uncharacteristically nuanced and deep. Whether the group masks itself in studio precision and heavily stratified layers of sound, or performs their songs as a bass throbbing dance friendly renditions descending into feral chaos, as they did Saturday night, Miike Snow still have warm emotional messages radiating out like UV rays through the distance and melancholy of their music.
It's a powerful contrast that might have been lost on the screaming, female heavy crowd eager to turn the night into a boy band concert (Karlsson and Winnberg only produced Grammy winning songs for Britney Spears), but Miike Snow managed to please their constituents on all levels; from the undeniable draw of their dance rhythms and melodic nectar to the shrill rising dissonance and dizzying interludes of encircling noise, there was enough of their dualistic personalities to go around.
Equally focused on deconstructed grooves and floor stomping was opener Delorean (who played a show at Coco66 earlier that day aka at 2am). The Spanish band performed their hard-working chamber disco with a usual confidence. Full of gleeful spazz and surprising heft, it was an enticing lead in to the pounding low end that Miike Snow pushed forward.
Miike Snow's next NYC show will take place at Terminal 5 in October. You can currently catch them and Delorean on a tour that continues in Boston tonight (3/31). More pictures from Webster Hall including a post-show jump rope session and the setlist, below...