Today I will be reviewing the new album by Neon Indian, Vega International Night School. This album was just released October 16th on Mom and Pop music. This is their third album, with the other releases being 2009’s Psychic Chasms, and 2011’s Era Extraña.
This album has quite the backstory. After founding member Alan Palomo’s laptop, which contained several years’ worth of demos for the third Neon Indian album was stolen, he decided to work on other projects. This included music and soundtracks for other artists including an appearance in Terrence Malick’s film Lawless, and writing the score for the short movie Outer Osmo Ghost Mode. In 2014 he returned to Neon Indian, making the album I’m reviewing today. It was reported that Palomo made this album over the span of about 4 years as well.
Track 1, Hit parade, is interesting in terms of a song to start off the album. It is a one minute instrumental track that has a very unique sound. It reminds me of many songs, in particular the ending to the Beatles track Strawberry Fields Forever comes to mind. It is all quiet at first, then this wave of synth and sound hits you in the face. You don’t really know what to think, as it sounds somewhat frantic to me. After about 40 seconds, a beat comes in and it sounds rather funky, the synthesizers and bass compliment it well. There is a lot of complex sound for this song such as water. It all ties in for an interesting listening experience