Era Extrana - Neon Indian
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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28

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  1. Feb 22, 2013
    9
    Whereas Psychic Chasms played on the more summer ridden, upbeat agenda, Era Extrana carries a sound that plays with cloudier tones. Its also a louder record at moments, displaying moments of energetic arena rock and noisy guitar riffs. The love of video games is still present and a welcoming flirtation with a bit of a dancier tone, particularly with "Polish Girl" and "Suns Irrupt." This is a wonderful follow-up that shows creative determination to make interesting music. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    This album pushes Neon Indian's sound forward in a good direction. It continues to explore dreamy psychedelic electric textures, but the production has been upped a bit and the songs are more emotional. They continue to infuse amazing interludes into a coherent album as they did on Psychic Chasms, but it is so much more fluid and engaging here. I listened to Psychic Chasms a lot, but this is just a huge step beyond that. Highlights to me are "Era Extrana" and "Future Sick", but the entire album is really top notch space pop in my opinion. Darker, more developed, and more enjoyable. I think Neon Indian aced it with this album. Collapse
  3. Jan 8, 2012
    8
    It's a little odd for me how this album sounded muck alike MGMT's Oracular Spectacular. Despite that, it is a powerful continuation to the excellent "Psychic Chasms", but, in a second listening, the songs sound the same, like if they little pieces of a huge story. Can't wait for their third album.
  4. Oct 11, 2011
    9
    Going in a positive direction from the last effort, Neon Indian returns sporting a very, lo-fi, 8-bit inspired sound. Electronic in nature, featuring plenty of well-developed ambiance. One of the best of the year, and one of the best chillwave releases as of yet. Very excited to see at Lights All Night in Dallas.
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    8
    Era Extrana really develops Neon Indian's sound, its a bit more self-conscious in a good way, and it feels more developed than psychic chasms; If Chasms was the fun summery debut than Extrana is the slightly darker artistic statement, more suited for Autumn night drives. Era Extrana might not be as fun, but its just as accomplished, if not more so than NI's debut.
  6. Sep 19, 2011
    6
    Being entirely honest, Era Extraña is a bit of a letdown and clearly recessive. Been waiting for it all summer, my curiosity fed by Polish Girl and Fallout, which at the end of the day come out as the best tracks, yet the entire thing is way more cohesive than Psychic Chasms.
  7. Sep 14, 2011
    6
    Nowadays, music genres rise and fall in popularity on a yearly, if not monthly, basis. There was a time when Texas' Neon Indian was the vanguard of "chillwave," named for its dreamy synthwork layered around deliciously nebulous vocals. The group's debut Psychic Chasmsâ
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    It's a dream, this pop. [Nov 2011, p.100]
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    80
    This follow up to Psychic Chasms displays similarly exhilarating aural ambitions. [Nov. 2011, p. 139]
  3. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    Era Extrana radiates with enough passion to make life more than a little woozy. [Oct 2011, p.105]