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- TRANS132X / LP+ CD on Transgressive **INCLUDES bonus Neon Indian mix CD!! (was £18.09)**
8/10 Mike Staff review, 07 September 2011
Neon Indian is back! In fairness though I didn't really get on the boat first time round so I'm having to rely on what Business Lady says about the previous record to some extent. She says it was a totally great slice of bedroom pop from around the time that Washed Out and Passion Pit were also putting out their high quality debuts. She also says that this time around the Neon Indian has added some annoying vocals that weren't there first time round. To be honest though I'm a total sucker for this kind of thing and this record is making me feel pretty nice. I've got a lot of time for synthpop when it's done properly, probably because I was a huge Pet Shop Boys fan when I was growing up. Basically if you're into the likes of Part Time, Diamond Rings, or the aforementioned Washed Out or Passion Pit, this is another set of mega catchy songs that go straight for the emotional jugular. The tones are really bright and synthetic and there's definitely a Postal Service-esque emo side that rears its head on occasion. When he slows things up a bit it's got a real synth-heavy '80s film soundtrack feel to it. Apparently he purposefully isolated himself to write and record this which shows a real commitment making something that's really his own which I appreciate a lot. Phil says it sounds like Flock of Seagulls's 'Wishing I Had A Photo Of You', but as someone who isn't really familiar with Flock of Seagulls except to hear them made fun of that seems a bit disparaging...I dunno, to me this album's just totally enjoyable modern take on that '80s synthpop sound. It ticks all the boxes and it brings in some new ideas of its own. The beats and the tones are impeccably constructed and finely detailed and all in all it makes for an indulgent listen.
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