Neon Indian, one of the monikers held by 21 year-old Alan Palomo, made a dent in the psychedelic music scene this year with the release of his debut album Psychic Charms (Lefse Records). The album combines lo-fi recording techniques with electronic beats and samples to create a sound that flows like the score to a 1970’s exploitation film. Every song progresses in a drugged out blur, with layers upon layers of swirling guitar and keyboards mixed with bright, fuzzy vocals and sometimes-bombastic beats. The record is highlighted by gems including “Ephemeral Artery,” a body moving 1980’sesque dance track, and “Should Have Taken Acid With You,” which comes off as an ode to the Magnetic Fields, with it’s quacking keyboards and hypnotizing laser sounds. Palomo, who hails from Austin, Texas and composes all of the music for Neon Indian, created the band in 2008 as a side project to compliment his full time project, VEGA, which has a more glossy, modern disco sound. Both projects clearly draw from the same source of nostalgic, analog inspired, psychedelia, but Neon Indian sticks out, relying on dream-pop synthesizer sounds to create a washed-out haze, which contrasts VEGA’s more polished sound. Palomo will be joined on the stage of Soundlab on Friday (March 12) by a full band to recreate his psychedelic sound and send the crowd into an acid flashback. Wooden Waves opens the show.
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907). $13-$15.