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Era Extrana [VINYL]

Neon Indian Audio CD
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Neon Indian is the brainchild of Alan Palomo, who's 2009 debut record Psychic Chasms not only earned the then-20 year-old 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. Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and SPIN all praised Palomo for his ... Read more in Amazon's Neon Indian Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mom & Pop Music
  • ASIN: B005E7AOSW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 17 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Never listened to Neon Indian before so I bought this album and gave it a listen. It's just incredible. It has trance-like qualities and brilliant beats. It was never really my kind of genre but I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the Polish Girl track. 100% great investment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fizzle and Noise 22 April 2012
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On initial hearing, I thought the album bore all the hallmarks of the nu-gaze scene, lots of synth washes, a bit of distortion thrown in and some retro beats. However, after a few listens, the album has really grown on me. It's varied in tone and offers pop thrills alongside more left field compositions. It's well worth investigating and I'd recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different From Psychic Chasms...But Don't Let That Turn You Off 21 Sep 2011
By EEL - Published on
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I really had no idea what to expect in Era Extrana, coming off of Psychic Chasms. I love that album, it's messy and yet completely put together.

Era Extrana is very different, but it has grown on me since I first got it. I reserve the 'listen to the entire album a few times' thing for few artists, and Neon Indian is one of them. The first few goes around the songs blend together without any real instant connections, but soon they worm their way into your mind and you find yourself looking for them.

First off, it's definitely less Chillwave. Still very electronic, but it seems put together very differently. Psychic Chasms is very driven by the instrumentals, with the vocals more a part of the background than as the bones of the song. You could take out the vocals and not notice, which I think is why it's so beautiful. Era Extrana doesn't have as much as that laid back lift that defines chillwave, the song structure is more similar to what you normally see in songs. Still, Palomo makes it his own. There is one song that sounds to me like it could have been on Psychic Chasms, which is Heart_Decay, in that it is lyrical and storylike without any discernable words.

So here's a song by song breakdown.

Heart_Attack (:57) - Intro. Some escalading synth that leads nicely into...

Polish Girl (4:24) - A single off the album, very electropop. The song flows nicely, but feels veeeery different. What I liked about Psychic Chasms was that each song had a very distinct arc, and would change as they played on. They each ended very distinctly, a nice coda to the music. Each song seemed like it could be about more than just what it was. Polish Girl sounds very made for radio, in that it follows a more familiar structure of lyrics, chorus, lyrics, chorus, chorus, end. I like Polish Girl, but there isn't anything that makes is fantastic. Also, and this isn't anything important, but listening to it I feel like I hear the Polish Ambassador and Bonobo. Probably just used some synth they are fond of, but it made me happy.

Blindside Kiss (3:34) - I like this song. It took a few listens to pick up on it, but it turned into something good. I actually love the lyrics, not something I would have guessed I'd like about a Neon Indian song. But then I discovered that it was the only song on the album Palomo co-wrote, and that made me sad for some reason. Nothing super special about it, but I am still fond of this one.

Hex Girlfriend (3:16) - ...And then we get to this song, which to me sounds similar to Blindside Kiss, so I don't know why they put them right next to each other. However, I hear the differences now more than I did the first few times. This song sounds to me like it would not be out of place in a Neo revival of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, if that makes any sense. It's fun and moves pretty well.

Heart_Decay (1:45) - As I said earlier, this is the one song I feel is similar to Psychic Chasms. I suppose I wanted more of this, where you can just listen and the music will tell the story for you, without you having to interpret anything. It's short but sweet.

Fallout (3:32) - Another single, I think it was the first. At first I couldn't tell if Palomo was singing this one, the vocals are so looooow. A good song, sounds vaguely in the same vein as Local Joke. One thing I like din particular was about halfway through the song it changes, gives it some dimension, kind of a change musically that reminded me of Psychic Chasms and made me happy.

Era Extrana (2:57) - This one I skip. Nothing personal, just nothing special. To slow for me.

Halogen (I could be a shadow 4:36) - This one I didn't really notice at first, but have grown to enjoy. I like the melody on this one, very smooth and drippy.

Future Sick (4:47) - I think I actively disliked this one the first time I heard it (I hate a chorus based sloley on repetition) but I like it now. There's one strand of synth that plays through the chorus ("future sick - future sick - future sick") that grabs me. Also, this one changes towards the end in a nice way. Worth a few extra listens if you wrote it off immediately.

Suns Irrupt (5:29) - I feel the same about Suns Irrupt as I did Future Sick, instantly forgettable, maybe even bad "suns irrupt - suns irrupt - suns irrupt") but it has grown on me. It makes me think of a long, grating hot day (That's probably the suns irrupting part). But I like some of the things it does towards the end. Also, it made me realize I'd been spelling Irrupt wrong.

Heart_Release (2:06) - Little ending song. It sounds like an ending song. It makes me contemplative.

Arcade Blues (single 4:47) - Why is the word 'single' in the title? It's the one of the album that wasn't. Maybe it's ironic. But I like this song quite a bit, it starts out sounding like video game punching, and is pretty quick paced. Good for walking, has a pretty quick beat.

And that's it! I feel like the album needs 1-2 more songs, but I like them. The only one I've not converted to is
the title track, but what can I say. You'll notice I didn't say I love any of the songs, which thus far is true. Is Palomo running from Chillwave?? I hope not. I love chillwave, say what you will. I think He's just doing what he wants. I will definitely try to see them live, I think these songs will translate to live very well, and I will also be buying a 3rd album. I'll just hope it's a bit more Psychic Chasmsy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 22 Sep 2011
By Shoe Gazer - Published on
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This is the follow up to "Psychic Chasms". Neon Indian has taken what they did with that album and took it to the next level. All the things that made the first album great are on display hear but sound much more mature. layered melodies? check. Catchy synth hooks? check. Innovative old school drum machine beats? check. The production on this album is amazing considering how many layers are going on simultaneously. If you a fan of the fist album you should like this one.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Era Extrana 1 Nov 2011
By Seth Mcarron - Published on
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Like most people, I enjoyed Neon Indian's debut Psychic Chasms quite a bit. I liked the lo-fi recording, I liked the intricate and dirty synths, the clumsy guitars and the reverberated cassette tape hiss of the vocals. It was nostalgic, poppy, and altogether quirky and vibrant. Immediately listeners and critics alike tried to slap a genre sticker on it, which resulted in the infamously ludicrous `chillwave' title. Which I think really messed with Alan Palomo's head, it was really quite insulting considering he tried so hard to create something distinct, original and peerless, and succeeded.

On Era Extraña, Neon Indian's sophomore LP, Palomo has ditched the lo-fi and embraced a more slick production style. There's still a lot of complex synth patterns and interplay, and the soft wistful vocals also remain. However much of it, being outside the realm of lo-fi, sounds quite foreign and really lacks the quirk and earnestness that these sounds had on Psychic Chasms. Much of the music here has stagnated, and there isn't much new being brought to the table besides squeaky clean production which frankly, sounds unwelcome. Many of these tracks fly by, more suitable as background music rather than intent listening.

The music is pleasant enough, and the LP as a whole is quite focused, but perhaps a little overmuch. There's nary any room for spontaneity, the album simply lacks a sense of fun. Many of the melodies sound like they were composed without sentiment or effort, and a majority of effects are overused and lifeless. One gets the sense that Palomo has become dependent on these effects rather than songcraft to give vitality to any given track, in contrast to Psychic Chasms, where we find Palomo using a greater range of effects, to the point that they had an almost comedic effect, but they weren't inextricably bound to the melodies as they are here.

Overall this isn't a bad release, most (if not all) of the tracks are actually quite pleasant and after a few listens, really grow on the listener. But it certainly doesn't live up to the ingenuity and playfulness of the first record, it really lacks character and it just doesn't do much for me, or for the progression of the (still) promising Neon Indian project. There really isn't much else to say except that, I can really see a lot of people who are new to Neon Indian digging on this record, but for those of you who were hoping to have another wonderfully Deadbeat Summer, it probably isn't going to happen.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Williamsburg hipster 80's vibe with heavy on the spacial noise and trance feelings 14 May 2013
By Marlo Herring - Published on
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It's a great album!! especially if you're me, looking for this kind of vibe in an album here and there. It's not an album for me to play all day and put every track on repeat; but i love to mix it in the pile of other adds that perfect balance for me. it's got all of the electro-eclectic thing happening but can be really repetitive if you pound you brain with the whole album, but it's still darn good at what it's goal is.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good second album, but not the instant-classic that was Psychic Chasms 15 Sep 2011
By Paul Allaer - Published on
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Let me state upfront that I am a big fan of Neon Indian from the first hour, when the internet-buzz started building in '09. When "Psychic Chasms" was released in late '09, it immediately felt like an instant classic to me, as messy, dare I say primitive as the sound of the album was at times. The '09 release was a bare-bones release, truly just the CD with no packaging to speak of. The album was reissued in the Fall of '10 in a "deluxe" edition, with much upgraded packaging, and a bunch of remixes to boot. I listened to "Psychic Chasms" more than any other album in 2010. After relentless touring (more on that later), now comes the second album, one of the most anticipated albums of the year to me.

"Era Extrana" (12 tracks; 42 min.) structurally is very similar to "Psychic Chasms", starting with a short instumental "Heart: Attack" (the first of several "Heart"-themed instrumental interludes), and then delving into "Polish Girl" (1st single), which is good but not great. It is followed by "The Blindside Kiss", quite a departure from earlier sounds (and reminding me for some reason of the Raveonettes, of all things). As was the case on "Psychic Chasms", the album really blossoms on the second half, starting with "Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)". but really exploding with irresitable tracks "Future Sick" and then "Suns Irrupt", both of which are the best tracks on here. The album concludes with an equally great "Arcade Blues (Single)", which is not really a single (not yet, anyway).

I was quite surprised to read in the lines notes that this album is again a complete Adam Palomo solo-recording. I had the good fortune of catching Neon Indian live at their first gig ever, in September '09 at the Monolith music festival (at the Red Rocks, near Denver). At that time the live band was the duo of Palomo and Alicia Cardetta (one time HS class mates). Looked like the band was a bit nervous at the beginning, but soon enough the grooves took over and they put on a good set. Fast forward 9 months: I saw Neon Indian again in June '10 here at the Indie Summer series in Cincinnati, and by then the band had become a foursome, adding a live drummer and electric guitarist. The live sound was just massive, and the leap forward from that first gig was just tremendous. I can already imagine how many of the songs from "Era Extrana" will explode in a live setting. "Era Extrana" is a good second album, but for me it misses the mark of "Psychic Chasms" (but that is a subjective assessment obviously). Meanwhile, I cannot wait to see these guys in concert again!
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