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The blurry electronic pop project of an initially anonymous composer from Brooklyn and video artist from Austin, Texas, Neon Indian was conceived as a multimedia experience combining their music and video into short films, teasers, and straight-up pop songs. Though Neon Indian released the No Way Down EP in 2008, the buzz around the pair didn't really start until spring 2009, when the songs "Should've Taken Acid with You" and "6699 (I Don't Know if You Know)" were posted and praised by indie blogs. A few months later, the songs "Deadbeat Summer" and "Terminally Chill" received similar treatment, and that summer, the identities of Neon Indian's members were revealed: Alan Palomo, formerly of the band Ghosthustler and also of the one-man electro project VEGA, was behind the music, while video artist Alicia Scardetta provided visuals. The pair's collaboration dated back to Palomo and Scardetta's time on their high school literary magazine, and Palomo wrote "Should've Taken Acid with You" about their friendship. Their EP Psychic Chasms was released in fall 2009. The following year, a deluxe release of the EP, plus remixes, arrived as Mind CTRL: Psychic Chasms Possessed. Palomo traveled to Helsinki to record Neon Indian's second album, and in 2011, the mixes were sent to Flaming Lips/MGMT producer Dave Fridmann. The result, Era Extraña, was slated for September release of that year.
Neon Indian is an American electronic music band from Denton, Texas. The music is composed by Mexican-born Alan Palomo (born July 24, 1988), who is also known for his work with the band Ghosthustler, and as the solo artist VEGA. The band's debut studio album, Psychic Chasms, was released in October 2009 to favorable reviews. Rolling Stone named Neon Indian one of the best new bands of 2010. Their second studio album, Era Extraña, was released in September 2011.Phares, Heather. "Neon Indian". AllMusic. Retrieved November 5, 2012. Hopkins, Daniel (July 19, 2010). "Watch: Neon Indian Claims Denton During An Interview at the Pitchfork Music Festival". Dallas Observer. Voice Media Group. Retrieved July 15, 2013. "Best New Bands of 2010: Free Energy, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Five More". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. March 17, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
ContentsHistory1.1 Beginnings1.2 2009–10: Psychic Chasms1.3 2011–Present: Era Extraña, Errata Anex, and New Album
Palomo was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and later moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of five, relocating to Denton, Texas for college at the University of North Texas. As he grew through much of his high school years, he had already been writing and performing music before the inception of Neon Indian, in his projects Ghosthustler and VEGA. Shortly before the release of Psychic Chasms, Palomo said he planned on releasing another album as VEGA, although this has not yet happened, and it is unclear if it ever will. In an interview, Palomo cites his father as a musical influence, "just because that's how he makes his living—he had a brief stint in the late 70s and early 80s as a Mexican pop star." Palomo also shared that he sampled some of his father's material in his work with Neon Indian.
The name Neon Indian was conceived by an ex-girlfriend of Palomo's, Alicia Scardetta, who was also the subject of their song "Should Have Taken Acid with You". The song was originally presented as a musical apology for a missed acid date. Her positive reaction to the song spurred Palomo to continue writing more songs as Neon Indian.
2009–10: Psychic Chasms
Neon Indian's debut album, Psychic Chasms, released on October 13, 2009 by Lefse Records. The album was designated Best New Music by Pitchfork Media, and Spin magazine praised it as a "dreamy collage of samples and synth tones". Pitchfork Media named Psychic Chasms the fourteenth best album of 2009, while including the songs "Deadbeat Summer" and "Should Have Taken Acid with You" at numbers thirteen and seventy-four, respectively, on its list of The Top 100 Tracks of 2009.
Psychic Chasms was re-released in September 2010, including a set of bonus remixes titled Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed. In the United Kingdom, the reissue also contains "Sleep Paralysist" as a bonus track.
2011–Present: Era Extraña, Errata Anex, and New Album
Recorded in Helsinki, Finland during the winter of 2010, Neon Indian's second studio album, Era Extraña (a Spanish-language title, literally "Strange Era" or "She Was Strange" or "She Was a Stranger", depending on the context), was released September 13, 2011 on Palomo's Static Tongues imprint. Soon after the album's release, the band embarked on a North American tour, featuring Purity Ring and Com Truise as opening acts.
A short video filmed in Helsinki was released on April 20, 2011, featuring an excerpt from the track "Heart: Attack", the first of a three-part instrumental piece that appears on the album. It was followed by "Heart: Decay" and "Heart: Release".
On September 4, 2011, the album was made available to stream in full on NPR's First Listen for a limited time.
The extended play Errata Anex was released on April 9, 2013, containing remixes of five tracks from Era Extraña by Optimo, Boyd Rice, Patten, Actress, and Twin Shadow. "These remixes are a small collection found along the way of my year on the road while we were touring Era Extraña. The artists were chosen by whatever most consistently blared out of my headphones", Palomo said of the EP.
Neon Indian contributed the song "Change of Coast" exclusively to the soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto V, released on September 24, 2013.
On December 30, 2014 Palomo announced via his Instagram account that he was hard at work on a new album that is slated to be released sometime in 2015.Weiss, Evan (September 15, 2009). "Music: Neon Indian". The Arts Section. Retrieved October 16, 2009. Dombal, Ryan (August 14, 2009). "Rising: Neon Indian". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Hogan, Marc (October 13, 2009). "Neon Indian: Psychic Chasms". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 14, 2009. Kornhaber, Spencer (October 6, 2009). "Neon Indian, 'Psychic Chasms' (Lefse)". Spin. Retrieved September 11, 2014. "The Top 50 Albums of 2009". Pitchfork Media. December 17, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2011. "The Top 100 Tracks of 2009: Page 9". Pitchfork Media. December 14, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2014. "The Top 100 Tracks of 2009: Page 3". Pitchfork Media. December 14, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010. Breihan, Tom (July 23, 2010). "YACHT, Antlers, Toro Y Moi, Javelin Remixes on Neon Indian UK Release". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Breihan, Tom (July 18, 2011). "Neon Indian Announces New Album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Pelly, Jenn (December 6, 2011). "Neon Indian Announces Spring Tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 11, 2014. Young, Alex (July 20, 2011). "Neon Indian announces fall tour". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 11, 2014. Chris (April 20, 2011). "Neon Indian – "Heart: Attack"". Gorilla Vs. Bear. Retrieved November 15, 2011. Warren, Bruce (September 4, 2011). "First Listen: Neon Indian, 'Era Extraña'". NPR. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Minsker, Evan (April 1, 2013). "Neon Indian Remix EP to Feature Twin Shadow, Actress, Optimo, Boyd Rice, and Patten". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 11, 2014. "The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Three Volume Digital Album Now Available on iTunes" (Press release). Rockstar Games. September 24, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2014. Template:Cite self published
Tour and notable performances
When performing, Palomo is joined on stage by a live band, consisting of Jason Faries (drums), Leanne Macomber (keyboard, vocals) and Lars Larsen (live visuals). Ronald Gierhart played guitar and sang in the live group prior to 2011, leaving to finish college and begin a solo project called Ronnie Heart.
On February 11, 2010, Neon Indian made their live television debut on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing a medley of the songs "Terminally Chill" and "Ephemeral Artery".
Neon Indian has played several prominent independent music festivals, including Moogfest, North Coast Music Festival South by Southwest, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, MtyMx All Ages Festival of Art and Music, Monolith Festival, Virgin Mobile Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Free Press Summer Fest, Emmabodafestivalen, Incubate, Bestival, and Camp Bisco. Neon Indian has toured with Phoenix, Prefuse 73, Miniature Tigers, Massive Attack, Chromeo, Sleigh Bells, Real Estate, and Wild Nothing."Neon Indian". Myspace. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Freedman, Pete (February 16, 2011). "Neon Indian Guitarist Ronnie Gierhart Leaves Band, Starts New Ronnie Heart Project". Dallas Observer. Voice Media Group. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Greg (March 5, 2010). "Neon Indian on Jimmy Fallon : Terminally Chill & Ephemeral Artery Medley". Ventvox. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Breihan, Tom (February 12, 2010). "Neon Indian Hit "Fallon"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 11, 2014. Fitzmaurice, Larry (July 28, 2010). "Neon Indian Sets Tour With Prefuse 73". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 15, 2013.