Day 55: Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

24 Apr

Ephemeral Artery

How I never got around to listening to this entire album before now is beyond me.  It got so much hype a couple of summers ago; I don’t know how I managed to avoid it.  Sure, like everyone who stays up to date with indie music, I heard a couple of tracks from the record, Deadbeat Summer and Terminally Chill, I think, but never the entire thing.  I was missing out.

Honestly, this record is just what I’ve needed.  If you read my last post, you may have been able to tell that I’m getting a little burnt-out.  I guess I overestimated my love for music by starting this blog.  Or I overestimated the creativity of today’s indie bands.  Either way, I’ve been struggling through the last few posts, and really considering ditching the blog altogether.  Neon Indian has made me reconsider.

Psychic Chasms has something that all of these other albums have been missing: a personality.  Neon Indian doesn’t conform to rules for naming songs, as can be seen with the chill-tastic Should have taken acid with you and 6669 (I don’t know if you know).  Unlike other records that are just a way to transport a few good singles to hipsters, Psychic Chasms flows. Neon Indian makes really good chillwave, and knows how to deliver it to listeners.  The record maintains a laid-back feeling throughout, relying on wavy synths and trippy vocals.  As far as chillwave goes, it’s nothing groundbreaking.  The organization and feeling that comes with the record is what makes it special.

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