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Psychic Chasms [Limited Edition]

Neon Indian Audio CD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Static Tongues
  • ASIN: B003VPC798
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (AM)
2. Deadbeat Summer
3. Laughing Gas
4. Terminally Chill
5. (If I Knew I'd Tell You)
6. 6669 (I Don't Know if you Know)
7. Should Have Taken Acid with You
8. Mind, Drips
9. Psychic Chasms
10. Local Joke
11. Ephemeral Artery
12. 7000 (Reprise)
13. Sleep Paralysist
14. Deadbeat Summer (Toro Y Moi Remix)
15. Should have taken acid with you (Body Language Remix)
16. (If I knew i'd Tell You) [Javelin Remix]
17. Mind, Drips (Bibio Remix)
18. Terminally Chill (Yacht Remix)
19. Ephemeral Artery (The Antlers Remix)
20. Local Joke (Dntel)

Product Description

BBC Review

While its key players might not be chart fixtures on either side of the Atlantic, there’s surely no doubt that chillwave has been the most-hyped (sub-) genre of the year, so far. Sun-bleached, dubbed-out, loved-up, its protagonists – from Washed Out to Toro y Moi, via Baths and Memory Tapes – have enjoyed substantial coverage across the blogosphere and beyond. Neon Indian, aka Denton-based solo artist Alan Palomo, was among the first chillwave-tagged artists to release a long-player, Psychic Chasms originally released in October 2009 in the US. But its delay in securing an official UK release leaves the listener in a position of listening backwards, rather than embracing progress within a stylistically narrow scene.

Psychic Chasms’ late arrival on British shores means it trails collections from all of the aforementioned parallel-worthy proponents of this lush, but limited, sonic palette. But while it lacks the freshness that saw it named one of Pitchfork’s best albums of last year, there’s no doubting that Palomo’s best efforts retain their charm a year since they were first heard. Deadbeat Summer and Terminally Chill are appealingly squelchy – the former like John Hyde’s theme music for Henry’s Cat, the latter Daft Punk on an epic comedown – and 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know) finds Palomo’s optimistic vibes crushed by a muscular, but nevertheless affecting melancholy. Mind, Drips finds our protagonist establishing a kosmische-echoing atmosphere beneath thick beats, and Ephemeral Artery guides the record to a close with a funky confidence that tunnels itself immediately into the memory.

Those who didn’t pick the 12-track original up on import are treated to seven remixes and the inclusion of a single from spring 2010 (the perfunctory, but pretty enough Sleep Paralysist), expanding Psychic Chasms to a 20-track affair that’s pretty tough to tackle in a single sitting. There are names familiar – Toro y Moi, Bibio, DNTEL – and some that aren’t. Few take the songs they’re augmenting into fantastic new territories, but there’s a classiness about Bibio’s sharp-edged percussive punch and gut-rumbling low end on Mind, Drips; a glossy sheen to the chimes of The Antlers’ re-working of Ephemeral Artery; and a Ruby Suns-style seaside cheeriness to the Body Language remix of Should Have Taken Acid With You.

Neon Indian might have showed up late to the party on this side of the pond, but since he blew up the balloons and baked the cake in the first place, his bad timing’s not really an issue. Psychic Chasms is less chillwave’s second coming, then, more a belated statement of intent from one of its founding fathers.

--Mike Diver

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4.0 out of 5 stars woop 15 July 2013
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the album was as good as i'd hoped, having listened to the main songs on you tube the rest of the album did not dissapoint
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great but a little bit too lo fi!! 10 Nov 2011
This album could have been awesome. It's got a groovy atmospheric summer feel running through it that makes me feel good. Dead beat summer and mind drips are particularely catchy.
Such a shame that it's been a little tainted by some slightly bonkers production methods. The whole thing sounds like its been compressed so heavily that theres a tinny squelchy feel to every song that reminds me a dodgy AM radio, and in fact the first tune on the album is called AM. I thought at first there was something wrong with my speakers, but then I tried it through the some pretty decent headphones and it wasn't much improved. Despite this though i've still decided to give it 3 stars just because there are some genuinely great tunes here which I can't help wanting to listen to again, and I did finally get a decent enough listening experience by turning my treble right down to nothing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad... 12 Oct 2010
By Will
...just rehashing some 80's synth noises, adding them to some twee little pop songs, then compressing them to the quality of a poor compact cassette is neither big nor clever. If you want decent electronica stick to the likes of Fourtet, or Caribou. If you want to delve into electronica's past then might I point you in the direction of Cabaret Voltair, Kraftwerk, or even Can.

Complete and utter rubbish!!!

Doh!...err does anyone want to buy a really good second hand classic modern day electronica album?

Hoist with my own petard...
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Psychic Chasms has one of those covers that invites you to pick up the record, and when I saw it on sale I duly obliged. Annoyingly obscure and carrying tags such as "blogger's delight" and "what the cool kids are listening to over on the other side of the atlantic" Psychic Chasms certainly lacks charm.

To sum Psychic Chasms up without turning this review into a over-verbose rant, it's basically one of those "made in the bedroom" records that only sounds moderately impressive when you consider the "lo-fi" approach it had in it's production. Yes it is refreshing to hear music that hasn't been commercialized to the point of being a sheer, shameful marketing exercise (check Pitbull's music videos out for example), but it does not mean that substandard tosh like Psychic Chasms has a right to exist or, perhaps more annoyingly, an automatic right to be cool.

I'll give Neon Indian another go soon though. I do love the cover art (the bright digipak may warrant a purchase alone) and a few of the tracks are rather enjoyable. Deadbeat Summer, which I'm led to believe is a single is Psychic Chasms' standout. The remixed tracks really aren't worth anyone's time. The original album's shoddy production needs fixing before a track is reworked by (annoyingly) obscure DJ's.

I'm afraid though that on the grounds of my first listen, this is more of a Topman manequin masquerading with some musical toys than a worthy attempt at cracking the UK market by Neon Indian. 2*, but an extra * for the superb artwork and environmentally friendly recycled packaging.
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