Era Extraña - STATIC TONGUES/ MOM + POP
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Zachary Sniderman on September 13, 2011
Neon Indian has always been the esoteric, electro-digital child of the “we are not chillwave” movement. Fans of the first album, Psychic Chasms, will be happy to know that wildman/frontman Alan Palomo is sticking to his tripped-out aesthetic and multi-colored landscapes. Era Extraña, however, ditches the first album’s disco punch for digital alienation. Album opener “Heart: Attack” comes out like a destroyed version of an 8-bit video game erupting and “Hex Girlfriend” is all layers of blips and rawness. Palomo likes to play with brittle, sharp sounds and the result is a harsher, more foreign album with fewer familiar noises (is that a synth, an effect or a guitar?) but that isn’t a bad thing. Era Extraña fights off the criticism that Palomo just turns out repetitive demos rather than fleshed-out masterpieces. While the album isn’t perfect, it offers a more complete experience; it’s a little bit strange, but it’s also a little bit brilliant.