Following rave reviews for second album Era Extraña in October last year, and a sold-out show at London’s Heaven the following month, Neon Indian returns this Spring with new single ‘Hex Girlfriend’, one of the many stand-out tracks from this visionary album, and a bona fide summer anthem in the making. The track, released 28th May, comes complete with terrific remixes by Becoming Real and Twin Shadow.
The brainchild of Alan Palomo, Neon Indian released his debut record ‘Psychic Chasms ‘ in 2009, and not only earned himself a spot on numerous year-end lists, but assisted the forming of a genre that, though known by a few names now (hypnagogic pop, glo-fi, chillwave), summoned a very unique and specific electro-mangled sound.
This time around, we see a darker shaded sound document that tosses somewhere between an 8-bit shoegaze record and peering through the fence of a teenage apocalypse drive-in flick.
Written and recorded in 2010 in an efficiency apartment in Helsinki, Finland during its short solstice days, Era Extraña was ice sculpted from arpeggiated synth-scapes and scribbled journal entries made during his stint there alone in constant solitude.
“It’s the closest you can get to feeling like you’re at the edge of the earth,” he says. “And there were moments where I lost sight of what I was really there to do.”
The album’s Spanish title plays with the loose-hinges of the word ‘extraña’, which not only directly translates into ‘strange’, but also means to ‘command the act of longing’. These themes of feeling an eerie absence in new strange times are explored throughout the album as a whole in his teenage ethos peppered lyrical musings in an end-days obsessed climate.
Neon Indian will be playing the following UK shows:
4th – Manchester, Dot to Dot
6th 0 London, Village Underground
For more information, checek out www.neonindian.com