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4.0 out of 5 stars woop
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!!
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...
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Thomas Burger


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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 review is from: Psychic Chasms (Audio CD)
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
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...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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3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of CD people buy to look cool. I'm guilty as charged., 15 Aug 2011
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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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