VEGA INTL. Night School Album Review
Released October 16, 2015
Genre: Chillwave, Synthpop, Disco, New Wave, Future Funk, Psychedelic Pop
Neon Indian’s third records advances the band’s chillwave sound even further than before. Armed with an appreciation for funk, disco, and the psychedelic wonders of LSD drenched rain forest ambiance, the Denton pop group have crafted an album that makes you dance, think, and wonder how these sounds are all on one album. It’s been four years since the band’s last output Era Extraña, and while that album expanded the chillwave genre, all it merely did for the band was make a smash hit (and an amazing one to say the least) which in turn made a name for the band.
Now Aaron Palomo and crew have taken their album gap seriously and have completely improved on songwriting, production, and stylistic influences. VEGA INTL. Night School is chalk full of Merriweather-style ambiance, funky grooves, and an undeniable infectious style. Palomo sings in an impressive falsetto this time around and it perfectly compliments the New Wave-y synths and fully realized production. Artistically, the album brings to mind the foundations of 80s New Wave and funk, while highlighting these already incredible genres with electronic synths to further form a hybrid sound that will make listeners dance and dance.
Neon Indian completely surprised me here; not only have they made a solid record, one of the best for 2015, but they’ve also managed to take their music in a new, interesting and infectious direction. A direction that continues to show the growing strengths in this young and ever rising band. Out with the old, and in with the new!
PRETTY NEAT MUSIC
FAV TRACKS: Hit Parade, Annie, Street Level, Smut!, The Glitzy Hive, Slumlord, C’est la vie (say the casualties!), 61 Cygni Ave
LEAST FAV TRACK: Bozo