Era Extraña

September 13, 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Label: Mom + Pop Music
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  • Total Length: 42:04
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  • ASIN: B005MH27FM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,265 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It sounds like an ending song.
LR
Overall I must say this is an excellent album, and Neon Indian are definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Elias Ayres
I decided to purchase his new album and I am very pleased!
Jennifer

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LR on September 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really had no idea what to expect in Era Extrana, coming off of Psychic Chasms. I love that album, it's messy and yet completely put together.

Era Extrana is very different, but it has grown on me since I first got it. I reserve the 'listen to the entire album a few times' thing for few artists, and Neon Indian is one of them. The first few goes around the songs blend together without any real instant connections, but soon they worm their way into your mind and you find yourself looking for them.

First off, it's definitely less Chillwave. Still very electronic, but it seems put together very differently. Psychic Chasms is very driven by the instrumentals, with the vocals more a part of the background than as the bones of the song. You could take out the vocals and not notice, which I think is why it's so beautiful. Era Extrana doesn't have as much as that laid back lift that defines chillwave, the song structure is more similar to what you normally see in songs. Still, Palomo makes it his own. There is one song that sounds to me like it could have been on Psychic Chasms, which is Heart_Decay, in that it is lyrical and storylike without any discernable words.

So here's a song by song breakdown.

Heart_Attack (:57) - Intro. Some escalading synth that leads nicely into...

Polish Girl (4:24) - A single off the album, very electropop. The song flows nicely, but feels veeeery different. What I liked about Psychic Chasms was that each song had a very distinct arc, and would change as they played on. They each ended very distinctly, a nice coda to the music. Each song seemed like it could be about more than just what it was.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shoe Gazer on September 22, 2011
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This is the follow up to "Psychic Chasms". Neon Indian has taken what they did with that album and took it to the next level. All the things that made the first album great are on display hear but sound much more mature. layered melodies? check. Catchy synth hooks? check. Innovative old school drum machine beats? check. The production on this album is amazing considering how many layers are going on simultaneously. If you a fan of the fist album you should like this one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Seth Mcarron on October 31, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Like most people, I enjoyed Neon Indian's debut Psychic Chasms quite a bit. I liked the lo-fi recording, I liked the intricate and dirty synths, the clumsy guitars and the reverberated cassette tape hiss of the vocals. It was nostalgic, poppy, and altogether quirky and vibrant. Immediately listeners and critics alike tried to slap a genre sticker on it, which resulted in the infamously ludicrous `chillwave' title. Which I think really messed with Alan Palomo's head, it was really quite insulting considering he tried so hard to create something distinct, original and peerless, and succeeded.

On Era Extraña, Neon Indian's sophomore LP, Palomo has ditched the lo-fi and embraced a more slick production style. There's still a lot of complex synth patterns and interplay, and the soft wistful vocals also remain. However much of it, being outside the realm of lo-fi, sounds quite foreign and really lacks the quirk and earnestness that these sounds had on Psychic Chasms. Much of the music here has stagnated, and there isn't much new being brought to the table besides squeaky clean production which frankly, sounds unwelcome. Many of these tracks fly by, more suitable as background music rather than intent listening.

The music is pleasant enough, and the LP as a whole is quite focused, but perhaps a little overmuch. There's nary any room for spontaneity, the album simply lacks a sense of fun. Many of the melodies sound like they were composed without sentiment or effort, and a majority of effects are overused and lifeless.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Let me state upfront that I am a big fan of Neon Indian from the first hour, when the internet-buzz started building in '09. When "Psychic Chasms" was released in late '09, it immediately felt like an instant classic to me, as messy, dare I say primitive as the sound of the album was at times. The '09 release was a bare-bones release, truly just the CD with no packaging to speak of. The album was reissued in the Fall of '10 in a "deluxe" edition, with much upgraded packaging, and a bunch of remixes to boot. I listened to "Psychic Chasms" more than any other album in 2010. After relentless touring (more on that later), now comes the second album, one of the most anticipated albums of the year to me.

"Era Extrana" (12 tracks; 42 min.) structurally is very similar to "Psychic Chasms", starting with a short instumental "Heart: Attack" (the first of several "Heart"-themed instrumental interludes), and then delving into "Polish Girl" (1st single), which is good but not great. It is followed by "The Blindside Kiss", quite a departure from earlier sounds (and reminding me for some reason of the Raveonettes, of all things). As was the case on "Psychic Chasms", the album really blossoms on the second half, starting with "Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)". but really exploding with irresitable tracks "Future Sick" and then "Suns Irrupt", both of which are the best tracks on here. The album concludes with an equally great "Arcade Blues (Single)", which is not really a single (not yet, anyway).

I was quite surprised to read in the lines notes that this album is again a complete Adam Palomo solo-recording. I had the good fortune of catching Neon Indian live at their first gig ever, in September '09 at the Monolith music festival (at the Red Rocks, near Denver).
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