Neon Indian Talks Peru-Inspired New Album

"Writing in Spanish is a whole new world for me"
Neon Indian Talks Peru-Inspired New Album
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It's been just over three years since Neon Indian took listeners to VEGA INTL. Night School, but a new effort from the Alan Palomo-fronted outfit is on the horizon.

Speaking on podcast Culture CreaturePalomo revealed that he is currently at work on a follow-up to the project's aforementioned 2015 LP and hinted at the international influence present in the new material.

"It's kind of shaping up to be a bit of a cumbia record," Palomo said. "Cumbia and chicha, which is the Peruvian cumbia-ish [style], but a Peruvian psychedelic '70s version of it. I'm still in the woods, I'm not out yet. I don't have too much to elaborate on that, but like every record, it's been a journey."

Palomo recalled, "For this [forthcoming] record…We got to tour South America last year and actually got to go to Peru and listen to a lot of weird, wild records from the '60s and '70s. That slowly kind of put the bug in my ear of, 'all right, let's see where that can go.'"

He continued: "I always kind of take a left turn with every record. It's probably why they take so long to make. There's some technical thing and some aesthetic thing that I wanna figure out how to execute. There's kind of a long research process of it."

Palomo also added that he had been writing lyrics in Spanish, calling it "a whole new world for me."

Last year, Palomo contributed music to Joel Potrykus' film Relaxer.