Miike Snow / Delorean Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC April 12

Miike Snow / Delorean Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC April 12
A Miike Snow concert is truly the best remedy for the tedium of a Monday night. Morphing into sexed-up animals, the crowd was delighted by the electro-pop anthems and pounding bass soundscapes emanating from the Swedish trio.

Spain's electro-oriented indie rockers Delorean raised the bar for Miike Snow with their blistering performance. With singer/bassist Ekhi Lopetegi looking like something of a Mediterranean Jesus, the band's dreamy set became faintly reminiscent of Animal Collective eclecticism, and in a good way.

Dominated by white beams of light and intense smoke clouds, the stage nicely complemented Miike's Nordic, glacial aesthetic. After baiting the crowd with smoke and mirrors for some time, the band came out wearing creepy white masks, raising intrigue and anticipation. Kicking off the show with a five-minute psychedelic jam, they transitioned into "Cult Logic," arguably the most infectious and anthematic track off their self-titled debut. The trio then broke into favourites like as "A Horse Is Not a Home," "Black and Blue" and "Plastic Jungle," remaining true to the album but sounding less processed and more spontaneous.

Rich with layered, complex synth rhythms and salacious lyrics, the band's sound was also surprisingly dreamy and introspective, adding a much-needed cool, Scandinavian touch to the electronic music scene. And with a sonic formula that combines beauty, strangeness and the sublime in perfect proportion, Björk could learn a thing or two from these guys.