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Preview: Miike Snow @ The Congress Theater 10/17

I change shapes just to hide in this place
But I'm still, I'm still an animal

These personal, quixotic lyrics hooked us on Miike Snow in the first place, way back when their initial single "Animal" emerged in 2009.The beats are light, yet mesmerizing. However, the lyrics present us with a look into insecurity and an honest framing of human struggle. The vocals and instrumental layers weave through the track in a perfect fashion, blending together with equal weight. Their sound is not ostentatious, but builds layer upon electronic layer, permeating the air space with its cohesive elements. Their tunes remind us that there lies a niche realm of indie electronica that combines glimmering synth-rock sounds with strong vocals to form a beautiful piece of music. Take a listen to catchy single "Paddling Out" below:

This electronic ensemble from Sweden has proved that their production knowledge creates the perfect formula for their musical endeavors. Collaborating with artists such as Madonna, the group first began their time together under a different stage name and musical project, and then segued into the group Miike Snow. They never thought that it would take much flight, but yet they now receive international acclaim. Though their primary self-titled debut featured many standout tracks, including flouncy "Song For No One," and more haunting number "Sylvia," their follow-up album Happy To You showcases more intensity, more punch, from the qualities that make their sound so unique. The rhythms are even more complex. The layers are crisper, and the dance grooves seem to have become a permanent fixation in each individual song. From the subtle pitter patter of the drum line on "The Wave," to the intoxicating rhythms in "Paddling Out," Miike Snow is proving that they are a group to be reckoned with in the world of electronic music.

Catch Miike Snow over at the Congress Theater this Wednesday for a sure-to-be energized show. You may have heard rumblings of their past local live performances: playing for a massive crowd at this year's Lollapalooza festival, the group hinges on surprise, energy, and making sure that the audience is just having a great time and connecting with their electronic beats as much as they are when creating them.

The Congress Theater is located at 2135 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The show starts at 6pm, and make sure to get there when doors open, also at 6pm, as the crowd will fill in quickly for this one. Tickets are $29.50, and the show is all ages.

 
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