Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School (Transgressive/Mom + Pop; 2015)
If one were to pick an album which accurately translates retro neon signs into audio format, VEGA INTL. Night School would be that very album. Pushing aside the questionably offensive nature of the band’s name, this long-awaited LP is definitely worth listening to, though it’s hard to discern whether it will have much worth in a few years’ time; half the album is a nostalgic and chill ride, while the other half isn’t quite as remarkable. That being said, the album’s chillwave charm exposes timeworn, yet somehow fresh and inventive vibes, without a doubt exploring and bringing the electronic ‘80s aesthetic into the present. The album takes on a playful and lighthearted, albeit occasionally cheesy, vibe, especially in accordance with the almost whispered vocals reminiscent of teen-boy bands.
Trial Track: “Hit Parade”