Neon Indian Rifftop Tent, Victoria BC, September 19

Neon Indian Rifftop Tent, Victoria BC, September 19
Photo: Kim Jay
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Neon Indian brought their blend of cotton candy, rainbow-flavoured, psychedelic synth-pop to Rifflandia's Rifftop Tent Saturday afternoon. The live set seemed to translate into something tangible and cohesive, the fluff of their albums filling out and plumping up with live instrumentation. Sun-bleached, bubbly synths perfectly complemented the band's good mood, Alan Palomo barely standing still throughout the set and transferring his boisterous stage presence to the crowd.
 
Pulling out favourites like "Polish Girl" and "Deadbeat Summer," they transitioned to newer material halfway through the set, right around the same time an errant smoke machine threatened to steal the show. Engulfing the entirety of the stage in an impenetrable haze for an entire song, the effect was more off-putting than mystical. Despite the foggy atmosphere, Neon Indian's first Canadian set in four years didn't disappoint.