Neon Indian “Fallout” & “Polish Girl”
Neon Indian, the nom de plume of Texas electro-pop auteur Alan Palomo, seemed to catch a sharp elbow from the “chillwave” backlash, which I thought was unfortunate. He had been messing with the chilled out pop genre since well before a lot of the bands (particularly with his former band VEGA), and frankly, he did it better than most. While his live show leaves a lot to be desired, his debut LP was enjoyable and showed that he wasn’t wet behind the ears when it came to writing razor sharp, dance-floor ready, dark and melodic jams with his rack of synths. If you were on the fence after LP1 (or don’ know Neon Indian from Neon Neon), listen to the first two songs from his forthcoming LP Era Extraña below. The two songs continue highlighting his songwriting strengths, with dark synths, crisp production and his sharp ear for melody all jumping out during your first listen. “Fallout” is available in a trade for a email while “Polish Girl” you can stream for free from NPR via the link below. The record drops 9/13 on the Mom + Pop Music record label.