Saidah Blount is a music and pop culture junkie born and bred in Kansas City, Mo. From an early age, it became quickly apparent to her family that music would be intrinsic to her life; ...
2009 will be remembered by many for a handful of lo-fi indie dance albums, crafted by a roster of upstart bedroom producers like Memory Tapes, Washed Out and the band that performed at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday night, Neon Indian.
That band (basically just synthmeister Alan Palomo) laid claim to the movement's flagship album, Psychic Chasms, whose blend of sultry vocals, arpeggio’ed highs and lows, and languid pop melodies came together in a pefect storm on the single “Deadbeat Summer” (download it here). For me, Neon Indian was the perfect soundtrack while riding the train, working late-night on the computer or just kicking it at a summertime BBQ.
It’s always a tricky task to re-create perfect sounding albums in a live setting, so I was intrigued to attend Neon Indian’s show at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday. Palomo buffed out his live show to include a bassist, drummer and keyboardist, and tried their best to induce a dance party. I wasn’t immediately inspired to shake it on the floor, but I did notice that my head did bop to a number of Palomo's recognizable jams, including audience fave “I Should Have Taken Acid With You.”
The sound of the band was surprisingly lush (many questioned if they were helped out a bit by some backing tracks), but -- despite the bowling alley full of nerdy hipsters -- the atmosphere just didn’t seem right. Even as the band worked diligently through each track (having a keyboard player dressed in a cape and jumping around never hurts), I foud myself wishing that I could just have Psychic Chasms pumping through my laptop speakers at home… in my bedroom.