Alan Palomo and the experimental electronic group Neon Indian go back to school with the release of the band’s third studio album since 2008, VEGA INTL. Night School.
Unlike their 2011 album Era Extraña, which was recorded in Helsinki, Finland, VEGA INTL. Night School started as part of Palomo’s solo project, “Vega,” when he started to notice how different production components from Neon Indian started to work their way into the music.
“It made a lot more sense just to merge these two lanes aesthetically into one thing, because that was essentially where Neon Indian was going anyways,” Palomo told Consequence of Sound earlier this year.
The album opens with “Hit Parade,” a one-minute hodgepodge of what sounds like MGMT and Aphex Twin samples.
Neon Indian channel ’80s synth-rock groups such as The Police and Genesis with their first single “Annie,” which was released in May—months before the band would announce that a new album was already in the works.
The second single, “Slumlord,” was released back in August, when the band first announced they were finishing up their new album VEGA INTL. Night School. It is an upbeat synthpop track with the aesthetic of European techno artists such as Giorigio Moroder or Miami Vice composer Jan Hammer.
The album follows with the track, “Slumlord’s Re-Lease,” a slightly more aggressive electronic-heavy reimagining of their new single.
Another noteworthy track, “Smut!,” sounds like something whipped up by former-Roxy Music producer Brian Eno, with its distorted disco sound that brilliantly matches Palomo’s impersonation of the Bee-Gees’ Barry Gibb.
The album ends with “News from the Sun,” a tune that could easily pass as an outtake from Purple Rain, with Palomo’s almost Prince-like voice.
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