Slacker Logo


Neon Indian

Initially appearing as a blurry, sample-driven electronic pop project with influences ranging from Todd Rundgren to Italo-disco, Neon Indian emerged as one of the flagship acts of the chillwave style during the summer of 2009. Over time, the project adopted fleshed-out instrumentation, higher production values, and funkier, more danceable rhythms. Neon Indian began as the multimedia project of Mexican-born, Texas-based musician Alan Palomo, formerly of the band Ghosthustler and the solo dance music project VEGA, and video artist Alicia Scardetta, who had been friends since high school. Though the No Way Down EP appeared in 2008, buzz around the act didn't really start until spring 2009, when the songs "Should've Taken Acid with You" -- which was inspired by Palomo and Scardetta's friendship -- and "6669 (I Don't Know If You Know)" were posted and praised by indie blogs. The songs "Deadbeat Summer" and "Terminally Chill" followed a few months later. Palomo wrote and produced Neon Indian's debut album, Psychic Chasms, which was hailed as one of chillwave's definitive works soon after its arrival in fall 2009. The following year, a deluxe release of the album, plus remixes by Toro y Moi, Dntel, Bibio, and others, arrived as Mind CTRL: Psychic Chasms Possessed. Joined by musicians including guitarist Ronald Gierhart (who contributed to Psychic Chasms), keyboardist Leanne Macomber, and drummer Jason Faries, Neon Indian began touring extensively. In early 2011, Neon Indian released a four-song collaborative EP with the Flaming Lips. That September, Neon Indian's second album, Era Extraña, which Palomo recorded in Helsinki and mixed with Flaming Lips/MGMT producer Dave Fridmann, was released. The album, which featured input from live guitarist Joshua McWhirter as well as a few other musicians, had a much slicker sound than the project's hazy, lo-fi debut, and was conceived with live performances in mind. Errata Anex, a remix EP featuring Era Extraña tracks reworked by Actress, Patten, noise pioneer Boyd Rice, and others, arrived in 2013. That year, Neon Indian also contributed the exclusive track "Change of Coast" to the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. After 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. These included appearing in Terrence Malick's film Lawless and writing and scoring the short movie Outer Osmo Ghost Mode, which was commissioned by Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. When he returned to making Neon Indian music in 2014, it was so influenced by his VEGA work that Palomo named the album VEGA INTL. Night School. Recorded around the world and mixed with onetime Spank Rock producer XXXchange, the album arrived in October 2015. ~ Heather Phares & Paul Simpson
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Neon Indian

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    3 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    3 songs

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    3 songs


    1 song

    Relax Trax

    1 song

Albums by
Neon Indian

Top Songs by
Neon Indian

  1.   Song
  2.   Polish Girl
  3.   Deadbeat Summer
  4.   Slumlord
  5.   Hex Girlfriend
  6.   Terminally Chill
  7.   The Blindside Kiss
  8.   Annie
  9.   Mind, Drips
  10.   Change of Coast
  11.   6669 (I Don't Know If You Know)
  12.   Fallout
  13.   Psychic Chasms
  14.   Should Have Taken Acid With You
  15.   Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)
  16.   7000 (Reprise)
  17.   Future Sick
  18.   Ephemeral Artery
  19.   Heart: Release
  20.   Local Joke
  21.   (If I Knew, I'd Tell You)
  22.   Suns Irrupt
  23.   Era Extraña
  24.   Laughing Gas
  25.   [AM]
  26.   Arcade Blues
  27.   Heart: Attack
  28.   Heart: Decay
  29.   Sedsumthing by oOoOO
  30.   Hit Parade
  31.   Street Level
  32.   Smut!
  33.   Bozo
  34.   The Glitzy Hive
  35.   Dear Skorpio Magazine
  36.   Slumlord's Re-Lease
  37.   Techno Clique
  38.   Baby's Eyes
  39.   C'est la Vie (Say the Casualties!)
  40.   61 Cygni Ave.
  41.   News from the Sun
  42.   Pyschic Chasms

Artists Related to Neon Indian

The xx

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -



Casting to |