Era Extrana

Neon Indian - Era Extrana
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2011 Ratings: #357 / 951
User Score
Based on 132 ratings
2011 Ratings: #212
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September 13, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Static Tongues / Label
Chillwave, Synthpop / Genres
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Consequence of Sound

Extraña is a confident, all-inclusive album that people/bloggers will be pretty hard pressed to fence into a single, silly-titled sub-genre.


The droning epic “Suns Irrupt” underscores the huge steps Palomo has made since the Psychic Chasms days, and while that album’s homespun charm is missed a little, Era Extraña's lavish electro-pop proves that Neon Indian can be more than just chillwave.


Leaping from its 2009 predecessor, Psychic Chasms, with the first notes of "Heart: Attack", Era Extraña becomes a lesson in how to execute electronic music properly.


It takes the building blocks of the first album and chops them into very appealing little morsels.


The most remarkable thing about Era Extraña is the fact that the collective joys of its contents are surprisingly easy to access.

The 405

Neon Indian have done very well not to lose the blend that made Psychic Chasms such a good debut and Era Extraña such an anticipated work, and have done very well, too, to deliver on that expectation.


‘Era Extraña’ is a collection of brooding, eddying and actually kinda loud indietronica that wears its Joy Division and New Order influences on its (mixing) sleeve and contains enough catchy melody lines to flirt with pop


Era Extraña, shows a commitment to tighter, wide-reaching songcraft and appeal.

Beats Per Minute

Era Extraña does not flow as smoothly as Psychic Chasms but the influences are in all the right places and it seems that Alan Palomo is wearing them proudly on his sleeve.


It seems like Era Extraña takes place somewhere between the blow of an overwhelming loss and eventually being okay with letting it go. There is a sense of longing for that lost summer and lost love found throughout the record and even in the album title.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Era Extraña is darker, with a hint of shoegazey rock, which is novel, and at times a veering toward a majesty that is never quite achieved.

Drowned in Sound

It is not quite a masterclass in cutting-edge contemporary pop, nor does it set any radical new standards in electronic music.


Some tracks sound 25 years old and they’re one Martin Rushent assist away from being genuine synth-pop hits.

Rolling Stone
The band's second disc 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.
Loud and Quiet
I’d be tempted to give this album 3/10, just for being average, but really it deserves 7 because, it’s, y’know, average.
A.V. Club

Era Extraña isn’t served well by coming out a few months after Within And Without, the elegant full-length debut by Palomo’s chillwave counterpart Ernest Greene of Washed Out. Where Within is an immaculately conceived graduation from Greene’s early lo-fi work, Extraña is a minor refinement that still feels chintzy in places.

No Ripcord

More complexity doesn't always equate to more timbres. This is what ultimately makes Era Extraña less of an engaging listening experience than Psychic Chasms.

Palomo’s turned the saturation setting to overload.

Era Extraña feels more like opening one of those refrigerated boxed sandwiches from the grocery store.

Once a week, as if I was addicted, I constantly think about summer as if it were some sort of unkillable dream. Autumn was fine, but the homesickness from the warmth and gentleness of summer is setting in. Winter is when all hell breaks loose, and nostalgia for summer already kicks in, the unbearable cold and the devilish snow not helping with the yearning for better times. Once Spring hits, that's when things truly get great, because you know Summer is coming, and when it finally comes, oh ... read more
Aún no entiendo por que muchos defienden más Physic Chasm, que Era Extraña, pero este ultimo tiene temas mas originales, ochenteros, como la alabadisima "Polish Girl", manteniendo esos sonidos tan únicos que aporta al Chillwave, que lo diferencia de las otros grandes proyectos en el medio.
Best Tracks: Halogen ( I Could Be a Shadow), Polish Girl, Fallout, Era Extraña.
God fucking damnit I wanted to like this so much
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Polish Girl, Halogen (I Could Be A Shadow), Arcade Blues, Hex Girlfriend, Fallout
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Track List

  1. Heart: Attack 
  2. Polish Girl 
  3. Blindside Kiss 
  4. Hex Girlfriend 
  5. Heart: Decay 
  6. Fall Out 
  7. Era Extraña 
  8. Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow) 
  9. Future Sick 
  10. Suns Irrupt 
  11. Heart: Release
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Added on: July 18, 2011