Era Extraña is the second studio album by American electronic music band Neon Indian, released on September 7, 2011 by Static Tongues and Mom + Pop Music. It was recorded between the winter of 2010 and 2011 during frontman Alan Palomo's visit to Finland. Containing influences and elements of psychedelic pop, shoegaze and new wave, the album has the same summery sound as the band's debut studio album, Psychic Chasms, but with a darker and more serious tone.
Neon Indian is an American electronic music band from Denton, Texas. Rolling Stone named Neon Indian one of the best new bands of 2010. Their second studio album, Era Extraña, was released in September 2011, followed by Vega Intl
Neon Indian’s second studio album Era Extraña explores a more mellow, atmospheric, and occasionally melancholic sound; leaving behind the energetic, bouncy, and scratchy sound of Neon Indian’s debut album, Psychic Chasms. In this album, Alan sings more sentimental lyrics about getting over people, heartbreak, and love in general. Era Extraña is known for the single Polish Girl, which is Neon Indian’s most popular song to date. Era Extraña translates to She was strange from Spanish, which gives more insight to the album’s overall theme
Heart: Attack -the minute-long intro of Neon Indian's 2011 album Era Extraña-instantly brings to mind the ‘80s-based, synth-heavy psychedelia of previous Neon Indian albums (2009’s Psychic Chasms and its 2010 follow-up, Mind CTRL: Psychic Chasms Possessed). But the next song, Polish Girl, is a sexy departure that has more in common with the cosmic disco of Air, Phoenix, or Vega (the other electro-tinged project fronted by Neon Indian’s Alan Polomo).
Neon Indian's new album, Era Extraña, follows 2009's breakthrough debut Psychic Chasms. Recorded in Helsinki and mixed by Dave Fridmann, the record builds on the charm of its predecessor by adding new musical colors and depth to Palomo's swirling, computerized pop songs. Many of the new tracks are anchored in '80s synth-pop and new wave, from Depeche Mode and Thompson Twins to Joy Divison and even Genesis. In fact, "Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)" would segue nicely into "Turn It on Again. The added musical depth on Era Extraña prevents it from sounding.
I initially bought Era Extrana by Neon Indian because online I caught a whiff of Polish Girl. A song I found distinctly refreshing for Electronica music. Those are Polish Girl, Era Extrana, Halogen (I Could be a Shadow), Future Sick, and some other unnamed song that must mention did not appear on the music booklet. Important: While originally my conclusion had been that Era Extraña was a very good album because the album only had a few worthwhile songs, this proved to be changeable. While would think some of the songs that weren't standouts would remain like that, it turns out after various more listens they develop into something worthwhile. Making this more than a very good album.
Neon Indian – Era Extraña. Label: Static Tongues – YRCG-90063. Japanese release featuring a bonus track and the complete Physic Chasms album.
|8||Halogen (I Could Be A Shadow)||4:36|
|12||Arcade Blues (Single)||4:47|
- Producer [Additional] – Dave Fridmann
- Written-By, Recorded By, Producer – Alan Palomo
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 8 58275 00331 4
|TRANS132||Neon Indian||Era Extraña (CD, Album)||Transgressive Records||TRANS132||UK||2011|
|ST02, MP033||Neon Indian||Era Extraña (LP, Album)||Static Tongues, Mom + Pop||ST02, MP033||US||2011|
|none, TRANS132X||Neon Indian||Era Extraña (LP + CD)||Static Tongues, Transgressive Records||none, TRANS132X||Europe||2011|
|PF135||Neon Indian||Era Extraña (CD, Album)||Popfrenzy Records||PF135||Australia||2011|
|MP033, ST02||Neon Indian||Era Extraña (LP + CD, Album)||Mom + Pop, Static Tongues||MP033, ST02||US||2011|