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An elusive new project from composer Alan Palomo (VEGA). Neon Indian delivers equal parts synthetic nostalgia, dream-pop lullabies, and grinding guitar noise to create something eerier than the sum of its parts. Forged after a hazy winter gathering in Texas, this initial batch of tracks were the result of field recordings, record samples, and a collection of bizarre synth sounds. Soliciting the visual acrobatics of video artist Alicia Scardetta, this project is setting out to be a multimedia maelstrom. Orbiting around the themes of drug induced heartbreak, weary afternoons, and lost chances, this music provides a lush soundtrack to the deadbeat exploits of teenage ennui. They've been compared to New Order and Future Bible Heroes.

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'A dreamy collage of sample and synth tones, Psychic Chasms succeeds both as pop...and as affecting art.' --Spin

'Neon Indian: 21 year old Alan Palomom a laptop virtuoso who's become the face of glo-fi thanks to the dreamy keys on Psychic Chasms.' --Rolling Stone
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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B003SPJ4ZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...It's pretty legit. I have an overflowing vat of love within me for Neon Indian and whatever it is he is saying here. Which may be nothing; which may make it all the more amazing.

Since the advent of iTunes, I very rarely engage with entire albums. I'll select the song I like that I heard on the radio and that'll be it. I don't remember where first I heard 'Deadbeat Summer' (probably Pandora) but I liked it enough to download it. I percolated in my library for a while, and eventually I investigated further and discovered 'Should've Taken Acid With You,' kind of the official introductory Neon Indian song for most listeners. From there it became 6669(I Don't Know If You Know) and then Local Joke and then I stopped lying to myself and bought the album.

Let me describe it for you. Psychic Chasms does cross genres and subgenres and kind of ends up mostly Electronic, but very psychedelic chillwave. Don't think about it to much, it's lovely and that's all that matters. What I most appreciate about the music is that each song is very distinct, a fully realized idea with a sort of beginning, middle and end. No mucking about here, everything is spontaneous and free of pomp and over analysis.

My favorite song for the end of time is 6669 (I Don't Know If You Know). Maybe not off the cuff, but it was a song that started playing with my mind while I was listening to it. It plays like a story in my mind, I love it, it's beautiful, and it STILL IMPRESSES ME - months after hearing it I still get that deeply visceral reaction to the very end of the song. Damn, it just grabs you and gives you this misty eyed teary sentimentality, tinged with both tragedy and joy. Do you see what this music makes me do? I just used like 12 adjectives and it's not enough.
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Yes, Heathcliff.

And as crazy as that may sound, I love it.

If you fell asleep watching Heathcliff this is what your dream would sound like.

Perhaps its those 80's era trippy synth sounds he's using, I dont know. Theres not really anything out that sounds like this album though, I know that.

I got hip to this album about a year ago by just listening to electronic music and being aware of whats out/coming out. I have a pretty decent electro collection but this one stands out as one of the gems. It also stands out as one that isn't a carbon copy of something else ive heard. That goes for the tempos, the sounds and the programming.

It is a short album, but I prefer short to long. It leaves less room for filler and there isnt too much of that on here. I can put this on, grab a glass of wine and let it go while I paint. I'd recommend this to anyone into electronic music who wants something a little different and lighthearted.

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Throw back synths mixed with catchy song writing and a wry sense of humor, Alan Palomo nails it on Psychic Chasms. With track names such as "Terminally Chill" and "I Should have Taken Acid With You", how could you not be intrigued. Some of the best songs are instrumental and short. Track 5, "(If I knew I'd Tell You)", is loaded with nostalgia, soothing melodies and doesn't even clock in at one minute.
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While Neon Indian fits perfectly into the ever-broadening spectrum of psychedelic synth-pop that is taking the world by storm, I like this band because their music actually sounds like vintage eighties music, especially the vocals of Palomo.

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Came quickly, awesome album. Deadbeat Summer ..... ahh.
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