Neon Indian – “Terminally Chill”
Some especially heartbroken lovers out there in Valentine Land pine over the scenic summer days spent with their inamorato — the restless nights, the breathless moments, all the high times they could have spent together after a now-broken relationship.
Neon Indian, on the other hand, seems to have only one regret for the summer — quite a different kind of longing for “high times.” In “Should Have Taken Acid With You,” the absolutely quirky and instantly unforgettable breakup song, singer Alan Palomo combines drug-induced melancholy with euphoric nostalgia to create low-fi gold. The two-minute song wears its New Order and The Magnetic Fields influences on its sleeves, integrates cartoonish instrumentals to the palette, yet still finds ways to stay poppy and fresh. What separates Neon Indian from its influences is the intricacy of its minute propensities. With complex layers of synthesizers and warped computer instruments, Neon Indian buries hook after hook into intricate harmonies.
Palomo, the one-man show behind the Austin, Texas project, is now based in Brooklyn, performing numerous shows there. Neon Indian’s first LP, Psychic Chasms, drops Oct. 13, and is set to include Palomo’s trademark relaxed vocals and bizarre keyboards.
Neon Indian’s other songs maintain the same utterly chill sense of pop, as with blogosphere favorite “Deadbeat Summer.” Palomo celebrates staying in and drugging out, riding a hallucinogenic wave toward a Ferris Bueller-esque chorus, which makes doing nothing seem like a groovy and epochal triumph.
In “Terminally Chill,” one of the best introductions to Neon Indian’s laidback sentimentalism, Palomo experiments with electronica and simplistic drums, making the tune a headphone-ready trip.
Neon Indian songs jive like MGMT jams, but without all the rush to live fast and die young with cocaine and model wives. Palomo has tried harder than any artist in recent memory to turn “not trying” into an art form.
— By Entertainment Editor Geoff Schorkopf