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VEGA INTL. Night School
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Talking with an online music mag recently, Palomo describes 'VEGA' "like a screwball comedy about nighttime New York." Anyone familiar with Tim and Eric Awesome Show's appropriation of 80s jingles and VHS-tape distortion effects will instantly appreciate openlude "Hit Parade", which sets the bar for what's to come, as the album is chock full of hazy hits. Breezy first single "Annie" finds Palomo in the subway, begging her not to run away "where I can't find you / the game has gone too far." Back at "Street Level" he's already moved on, finding a new girl to get high and survive the night with ("til I see thru sunrise / til my eyelids capsize"). Bored and restless again, he takes a brief detour into a seedy Chinatown brothel to get his rocks off in "Smut!"
The twisty trip continues as Palomo stumbles into a NYC Soul Train on "Bozo", "The Glitzy Hive" and "Dear Skorpio Magazine". While he sweats out his dance fever on "Skorpio" to a guitar solo that recalls Bryan Adams' 'Reckless', Palomo promises his love to the girl who makes his heart "beat on display / if she ever came this way".Read more ›
"VEGA INTL. High School" (14 tracks; 51 min.) opens, very Neon Indian-like, with a 1 minute cocktail of sounds, only to then plunge straight into "Annie" (1st single), which features a reggae-lite groove and the song seems like its ready-made to conquer the world. (Alas, with the state of mainstream commercial radio as it is, the song was promptly ignored.) "Smut!" is classic Neon Indian, with a heavily distorted soundscape, just delicious. "Bozo" is another short intermezzo. "The Glitzy Hive" (3rd single) is a bit bland for my taste, and a curious choice for a single. Side B kicks off with the irresistible 8 min. suite "Slumlord/Slumlord's Re-Lease". "Slumlord" (2nd single) is another dance tune as only Palomo can dream them up. "Slumlord's Re-Lease" is the funky instrumental outro, just fabulous. This is followed by "Techno Clique", featuring a heavy sound, and another highlight of the album. At that point, we could've closed the album as far as I'm concerned, but instead we get what I try to think of as 4 bonus tracks that are neither essential and sometimes not even compelling. The worst of these is "Baby's Eyes", a 6 min. 'ballad'.Read more ›
Extra: The album booklet had fun artwork.
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Great production quallity, catchy and memoriable songs from start to finish. One of my favorite albums that I keep going back to listen through again. Til my eyelids capsize.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic album. Excellent production value in packaging.Plays at 45RPM, but surprisingly listenable at 33.Published 3 months ago by Arthur Warren
This is a phenomenal album. Absolutely everyone can find something in these songs, which are as well-crafted as they are infectiously catchy.Published 4 months ago by Collin
If you're into Neon Indian, you will love this. If not, but you're into 80's reminiscent synth wave/chill wave, you will love.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fantastic album that has already begun to grow on me. Slumlord and Annie are the definite highlights but the entire album is really cool. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M.A.P.