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Era Extraña

Neon Indian

Era Extraña

Second album from the Austin chillwave duo led by Alan Palomo

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Transgressive
UK Release date
03/10/2011
US Release date
13/09/2011
  1. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    Arguably one of the albums of the year. Old school keyboards never sounded so modern
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  2. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    sports the admirable trait of being so much like many of the best psychedelic pop records in recent memory, while going a long way in forging Neon Indian’s own, very distinct musical identity
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  3. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Neon Indian is clearly honing their craft and proving that the musical trend they helped to create, won't be going out of style anytime soon
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  4. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Commands and earns your attention
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Exhilarating aural ambitions. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    Sees Alan Palomo and co. expand and amplify the nostalgically ambient sound they helped to define on their 2009 debut
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  7. 8.0 |   The AU Review

    This is music that puts a smile on your face and a bounce in your step as you lose yourself in the smooth electronics
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    A lesson in how to execute electronic music properly
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    His first album as Neon Indian was sun-struck and woozy; the mood, on the follow-up, has grown a little darker
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Era Extraña, which we take here to mean 'strange era', includes more vocals, more variety, and even more pop-based weirdness
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  11. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    This is a far more serious record than its predecessor
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  12. 7.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    Era Extraña does not flow as smoothly as Psychic Chasms but the influences are in all the right places
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  13. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Part of what makes Era Extraña a great follow-up to Psychic Chasms is that it features the same lazy summer feel that made Neon Indian’s debut so popular. But this time around, it’s slightly veiled in darkness
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  14. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Improves on the "chillwave" (read: low-fi synth pop) of its 2009 debut, dunking dreamy early-MTV haircutband balladry in layers of psychedelic schmutz, almost hiding excellent songs in the murk
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  15. 7.0 |   The Fly

    This brain-scrambling psychedelic mash of a record betrays Dave Fridmann’s co-production, but Palomo’s mind is all his own
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  16. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    An agreeable listening experience with moments of catchiness and beauty throughout
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  17. 7.0 |   BBC

    A second album that’s easy to admire but hard to love
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  18. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Palomo has added new layers to his songs while simultaneously making them catchier and even more fun to flop around to on the dancefloor
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  19. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It has a lot to offer around the edges, but is difficult to truly connect with at its core
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  20. 7.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Although the debut was well-received, there’s so much more variation in Era Extrana, more complexity, a completely different level of production
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  21. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    While Era Extraña sounds a bit fuller ... the album is basically Psychic Chasms Part II. That isn’t a bad thing to be, though like most sequels, it’s less satisfying than its predecessor
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  22. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Each song seems doomed for a foggy aurora, and halfway through the album, the listener will expect nothing but
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  23. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It's a dream, this pop. Print edition only

  24. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Trades a little too heavily on nostalgia. Print edition only

  25. 6.0 |   State

    Several exercises in a distinctly American combination of confessional song craft and analogue synth worship
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  26. 6.0 |   DIY

    Everything here sounds thicker and denser, hewn from a conventional pop template
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  27. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    His hazily-defined details of something like heartbreak (?) make the album’s back-half pretty slow-going
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