MGMT, Washed Out, Air
It’s an easy/bad pun, sorry, but Neon Indian has more buzz than a, err… neon light bulb. The band has become the leading figure of the new indie microgenre called chillwave. This new sound applies a garage lo-fi aesthetic to a sleepy 80’s-style synth pop. Much of this genre’s success can be credited back to Neon Indian’s sleek and gratifying songwriting. There are hooks at every turn and they know how to present a cool retro sound fitted for the listeners of today.
The band started as the brain child of Alan Paloma, who wrote the music and lyrics, and his long-time high school friend Alicia Scardetta, who supplied visual elements to accompany the music. They released their first EP in 2008, but it wasn’t until the spring of 2009 when they released two tracks “Should Have Taken Acid With You” and “6699 (I don’t Know if you Know)” onto the web. Several indie music blogs caught wind and started to spread the word.
They released their first LP Psychic Chasms, on Lefse record in October and since then the buzz has just continued to grow.