Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Neon Indian’s chill philosophy

Posted By on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM

ALL EYES ON ME: Alan Palomo is like a deer in headlights over his instant blog success.

By Chris Parker

There's no better example of how technology and the Web have revolutionized music than Neon Indian. Alan Palomo's lo-fi electro-psych effort blew up in October when Pitchfork gave a positive review to his sunny, laconic indietronic debut, Psychic Chasms, helping galvanize interest in similar-minded artists, loosely categorized as chillwave. Within weeks, Neon Indian had gone from a bedroom project to something in demand across the world.

"I still have a hard time internalizing all of this," Palomo says, from the English countryside, where he's on his third U.K. tour. "I'll have a moment where I wake up in a van and I'm suddenly in a hotel room in Manchester. Like, 'Oh my god, where am I and how did those 35 minutes of music get me here?'"

Inspired by the emergence of electronic dance duo Justice in 2007, the Denton, Texas, native rushed out – like many of his peers – to grab a MacBook and a copy of the go-to sampling software Ableton Live. While his father and brother are musicians, Palomo approached music from the production side. However, after generating some interest with debut project, Ghosthustler, Palomo burned out on dance music and started looking for a new direction.

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