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Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms

Neon Indian
album – Psychic Chasms

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Shoe-gazing vocals, processed guitar riffs and infectious keyboard hooks make Neon Indian more about songs than dance beats.

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Shoe-gazing vocals, processed guitar riffs and infectious keyboard hooks make this electronic album more about songs than dance beats.

Even when swimming in compression and layered effects, the melodies remain prominent. Even when ethereal, the songs remain energetic, as if Daft Punk had remixed the first West Indian Girl record.

Unlike many electronic artists, Neon Indian manages to do something I find important: sound warm. Besides production, this is due to the fact one could strip down any of these tracks to its core song, play it on guitar or piano, and it would sound great.

I don’t why, but I imagine Neon Indian being like ELO in their heyday- hook after hook, and sounding very “current.”

Highlights- club-ready “Deadbeat Summer” and the video game influenced “Local Joke.”

Haiku:
Neon Indian/
When you strip away layers/
You still get great songs

Haiku:
Electronic bands/
Unlike Neon Indian/
Rarely sound this warm

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