Featured: Neon Indian - "Polish Girl"
Mom & Pop Music, USA
It seems like Alan Palomo took a few marketing courses over the summer. Or maybe he just found savvier consulters. The promotional path toward the release of Era Extraña has been splendid at resolving past ghosts and brilliant at keeping momentum. Two years ago, the success story of Palomo as a major figure in indie music started in the Gorilla vs. Bear platform, and Psychic Chasms went on to receive a BNM tag from Pitchfork. Neon Indian followed his debut’s success with a series of actions that made fans question his credibility, especially for his carbonated sponsorship deal with Mountain Dew.
Era Extraña brings him back to humble conditions, keeping bloggers busier than usual. When “Fallout” hit the web last week there was Neon Indian fever on every corner, but some of us missed the spacey catchiness of earlier Neon Indian singles. New song “Polish Girl” has a spellbinding entrance, middle section and finale, enough to give M83's "Midnight City" a run for its money as far as summer hits go. It also brings the bounciness back into Palomo's nostalgic spectrum. Except for that truly unfortunate album cover, everything else about this album is looking beyond promising. This song in particular shows the synth-groove stylist working under a more polished soundscape, keeping his vision bursting in chillwave wisdom and crescendos.