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Neon Indian Take You To ‘Night School’

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Photo/ NPR.org

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.

Photo/ Pitchfork.com

Photo/ Pitchfork.com

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.

VEGA INTL. Night School, the third studio album from Neon Indian, is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Also be sure to catch Neon Indian on their 2015 international tour:

Nov. 7 @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin Texas

Nov. 8 @ Republic

New Orleans, LA

Nov. 10 @ Terminal West

Atlanta, GA

Nov. 11 @ Haw River Ballroom

Saxapahaw, NC

Nov. 15 @ Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 19 @ Yugong Yishan

Beijing, China

Nov. 20 @ QSW – Q House

Shanghai, China

Nov. 22 @ The Wall

Taipei City, Taiwan

Nov. 24 @ Rolling Stone Cafe

Jakarta, Indonesia

Nov. 26 @ Live RCA

Bangkok, Thailand

Nov. 28 @ Ax Hall

Seoul, Korea

Nov. 29 @ Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival

West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Dec. 2 @ Unit

Tokyo, Japan

Dec. 3 @ Conpass

Osaka, Japan

Dec. 12 @ Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre

Meredith, Australia

Dec. 14 @ Uow Unibar

Wollongong, Australia

Dec. 15 @ Oxford Arts Factory

Sydney, Australia

Dec. 16 @ The Foundry

Fortitude Valley, Australia

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