New Audio: The Sleek, 80s-Sounding Synth-Based Funk of Neon Indian’s New Single “Annie”

Neon Indian is the solo recording project of the Mexican-born, Denton, TX-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and electronic music artist Alan Palomo. With the 2009 release of Neon Indian’s debut album, Psychic Chasms, Palomo came to national attention, as the album was reviewed favorably by the likes of Pitchfork, who had named it one of its best albums of that year, and by Spin Magazine, who praised the effort for its dreamy feel.

The project’s sophomore effort, 2013’s Era Extraña, increased the project’s profile as Palomo backed by his live band featuring Jason Faries, Ed Priesner and Joshua McWhirter went on an North American tour with Purity Ring and Com Truise. This was followed by the Errata Anex EP, which featured remixes of material off Era Extraña from Optimo, Boyd Rice, Patten, Actress, and Twin Shadow — all of whom Palomo had recruited, because the Neon Indian creative mastermind had been listening to quite a bit while on tour. 

Late last year, Palomo announced that he was starting work on Neon Indian’s third full-length album, an effort that he hoped would be released sometime in 2015. The album’s first single “Annie” was recently released to critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Paste, and as soon as you hear the song you’ll see why. The song which clearly draws influence from 80s synth pop and R&B is comprised of a taut yet sinuous bass line, angular funk guitar chords and shimmering and cascading synth stabs paired with Palomo’s plaintive falsetto — and sonically bears a resemblance to Rush Midnight and the Cascine Records roster, who also specialize in an extremely similar, sleek and summer party funk.