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Outer Limits Disco
on 19 February 2010
Here's a nifty little band with
an equally nifty little album.
Neon Indian hail from Texas (something we should
not hold against them!) and are the brainchild of
writer/musician Alan Palomo. He is assisted in his
endeavours by Leanne Macomber (keyboards), Jason
Fairies (drums) and Ronald Gierhart (guitar/vocals).
They seem to have captured the sound of summer with
their album 'Psychic Chasms'. I find shades of Hall
and Oates and Scritti Politi (remember them?!) in
the good-natured, sunny arrangements. Feelgood music.
The melodies are pretty, the harmonies loose-limbed, the
synths nicely squelchy, the beats solid and dance-friendly.
Just the thing for an August beach party.
The project is a tad ungenerous truth-be-told. Coming
in at round half-an-hour I found myself wanting more but
what there is scores points for quality over quantity.
'Deadbeat Summer' is a cute and classy and construction.
The wilfully liberal way with tunings adds a pleasant
off-kilter ambience to the highly contagious proceedings.
'Terminally Chill' (with its big nod to H&O) mixes up some
nice Isley Brothers guitar with a four-square back-beat and
fabulously floaty vocal harmonies.
The psychedelic textures of 'Mind Drips', spread out over a thwacking
great bass-line, persuaded my inner-hippie to smile in a karmic way.
The barbecue-at-the-bottom-of-a-pond sounds of 'Local Joke', with
its stomping rhythm and just-this-side-of-sober guitar motif gets
my vote for top track. Even the mayflies are dancing!
Final track 'Ephemeral Artery' is a delicious slice of
outer-limits wave-your-hands-in-the-air disco.
Whether we will ever hear from them again in the ephemeral
listening world is uncertain but for now I was more than happy
to spend a short while in Neon Indian's incandescent company.