VEGA INTL. NIGHT SCHOOL – NEON INDIAN
LABEL: TRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS
RELEASED: OCTOBER 16, 2015
REVIEWER: HAYLEY SIGRIST
RATING: 4 STARS
It’s been Two years without so much as a synth wave from artist Alan Polomo, the voice and funk of American electro band Neon Indian. He’s back now, and he wants you to know about it.
The long awaited return brings with it Neon Indian’s Fourth studio album Vega INTL. Night School., which mixes Alternative Dance and Synthpop, creating a whole new blend of dance tracks.The album's second track ‘Annie’ chills the hell out, mixing some pretty prominent sine waves with an almost Reggae percussion pattern, making it sound like something straight from the mixtape of somewhere alternative and exotic (like, a place with Pina Coladas and speedos, you know what I mean.) ‘Slumlord,’ a particular highlight off the album, takes it’s listeners straight back to the 80’s; indulging in thick, wavey synths and a hell of a strong bass line, strutting it’s big glam rhythms all over the place. HUGE Daft Punk influences emerge on ‘Bozo,’ with serious mixing skills and extremely oddly fitting samples. The Album ends with one of the oddest tracks off the album, ‘News From The Sun (Live Bootleg,) which, let’s just admit, is a massive rip off of every Prince song that was ever produced.
Vega INTL. Night School nods its head and wave’s goodbye to Alan’s other music project VEGA, for which he’s only produced a single EP for. Alan states similar ideas emerged from VEGA and Neon Indian, meaning a collaboration of the two was well suited on the album.
Polomo just wanted you to know he’s back, and with ‘Vega INTL. Night School,’ he’s certainly made a good job of telling you. It’s hard to see through all the neon and glamour, which, after Four years of silence, was certainly bloody well needed.
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