Psychic Chasms - Neon Indian
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Alan Palomo-led band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Psychic Chasms is an excellent album of balmy psychedelia and breezy infectiousness.
  2. Overall, Psychic Chasms is something like a dream collaboration between the Tough Alliance and Atlas Sound, the latter of whose Internet-only Weekend EP shares a delinquent theme with one of Psychic Chasms' best songs.
  3. Sure, he takes his cues from old sources, but the result -- dreamwave, or chillwave, or whatever--is so unique and lush that Palomo should be content to ride off of the high you imagine he might get from making something so effective.
  4. 80
    The "neon" in the name is both a hint and a misnomer: This Austin, Texas duo's debut emanates bright colors even while the glow is muted by lo-fi haze.
  5. While it lacks the freshness that saw it named one of Pitchfork's best albums of last year, there's no doubting that Palomo's best efforts retain their charm a year since they were first heard.
  6. Throughout the record the ooo-oooh swoopiness is enchanting and the constant SNES-soundtrack bubblings take you back to a simpler, more tranquil and ultimately a place filled with hope.
  7. Whatever its origins, Psychic Chasms extols no actual reasons for being those ways, instead touching on now-expected tropes and empty gestures to fund a handful of ready-made critical anecdotes and popular opinions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    The perfect album for the summer, it came out in 2009 and I still listen to this album regularly, I don't think it's possible to get tired of it. I hope Alan Palomo can continue producing great music like this album and his various remixes. Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2013
    A wonderful electronic album with an aesthetic for nostalgic summertime vibes, this is a memorable musical journey for fans of vintage video game themes and catchy synthpop hits. Topped by the unique addition of singer/mastermind Alan Palomo's shoegaze-like vocals, Psychic Chasms is a confident and talent-ridden nod to the joys of being a music junkie. Expand