Album Review: Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms (Static Tongues)

A reissue it may be, but 'Psychic Chasms' is still charming, effortless and worthy of putting Neon Indian among the other purveyors of chill

Of all the recent wave of chill, it’s tempting to conclude that the only purveyors really worth keeping tabs on are [a]Toro Y Moi[/a] and [a]Neon Indian[/a], whose debut album of last year gets an enhanced reissue here. Unlike many of his peers (but like Toro) [b]Alan Palomo[/b]’s winning way with a tune places him within spitting distance of chillwave’s twin wellsprings, [a]Ariel Pink[/a] and [a]Daft Punk[/a], applying warp factor suncream to soft rock, synthpop and disco with a liberal dose of chutzpah and charm. Of the plentiful bonus material on this reissue, the recent single [b]‘Sleep Paralyst’[/b] is the true heartbreaker, while [a]Toro Y Moi[/a]’s choppy rework of [b]‘Deadbeat Summer’[/b] is as good as it bloody well should be.

[b]Joseph Stannard[/b]

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