Neon Indian is the brainchild of Alan Palomo, who’s 2009 debut record Psychic Chasms not only 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. Music critics praised Palomo for his adventurous new sound, and he was tapped to perform at various festivals and also scored opening slots for bands ranging from Massive Attack and The Flaming Lips to Phoenix.
The follow up to 2011’s ‘Era Extraña’, ‘Vega Intl. Night School’ marks a period of aesthetic reinvention from Neon Indian. The album which brims with diversity and elaborate songwriting – attributable to the variety of locations of its creation; a cabin aboard a cruise shit, DFA’s Plantain Studios in NY, Pure X’s practise space in Austin and Ben Allen’s studio in Atlanta, results in his most interesting work to date.
Although Neon Indian is best known for chillwave tunes, ‘Toyota Man’ is an energetic latest single addressing his Mexican-American heritage.
It’s Neon Indian’s first song in Spanish and was written in response to the immigration policies of the Trump Administration.