VEGA INTL. Night School

Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
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Based on 23 reviews
2015 Ratings: #258 / 950
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Based on 446 ratings
2015 Ratings: #48
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A.V. Club

Neither chill nor wave, VEGA INTL. Night School is a vibrant, glitchy, hook-laden celebration of nightlife.

Pretty Much Amazing

Night School doesn’t go down like a third album. It goes down like a reimagined debut, because it introduces a newly carefree, naturally focused Neon Indian. And as third albums go, that’s just about the best mentality you can employ.


In its own way, Vega Intl. Night School is just as immersive as Neon Indian's previous work and even more impressionistic, with a flamboyance that makes it a captivating standout within his own work as well as his contemporaries'.

Drowned in Sound

With its unfurled imaginativeness, Vega INTL. Night School is unimaginatively the album you would expect from Neon Indian by now - one that comfortably and sublimely manages to work inside and outside of the expectations set by their previous work.


The production values are higher, and there’s even more of Palomo's queasy pitch-shifting, 16-bit synths, and disembodied samples—more of everything. Palomo might have seemed like someone stumbling onto a recipe with Psychic Chasms, but now it's clear that this is Palomo’s foundational music, his blues or funk.

The 405

Not one sound is out of place, not one track over or under stays its welcome. Every element that made Neon Indian such a joy through the first two albums has been polished and improved upon to make a record that truly must be heard.

The Line of Best Fit

As with every Neon Indian album, VEGA INTL Night School can feel chaotic, effusive, even overwhelming at times. But, much like the proverbial “bright lights” of the city which provide the inspiration for this LP, it's dazzling, too.

Under The Radar

VEGA INTL. Night School is, for the most part, a more accessible and fascinating record than any of Paloma's output to date. Turns out a little more funk may not necessarily be a bad thing.

Consequence of Sound

Palomo has managed to group everything that catches his eye under one disco ball-laden roof, but Night School rarely feels overstuffed. It stays playful and casual, and its stakes often feel low as a result.


Those seeking the mellower vibes of his earlier work may be slightly less enamoured with VEGA INTL. Night School, it’s undeniably a record that’s confident, intelligent and above all, fun.

Rolling Stone
On this LP, Palomo peels back the layers of psychedelia that have sometimes obscured his work in the past, striving for a directness that results in the most crystallized – and accessible – version of his aesthetic yet.
Palomo may be going back to school but there’s nothing disciplined about this record, whose slinky synths and wonky bass lines make for the perfect playlist of a DJ who hasn’t updated his library since 1985.
#193 of Fantano's Top 200 of the Decade

Don't have much to say about this other than it's really good, so somewhat repetitive and short review for this one.

Is this album something entirely unique? No, I’ve heard artists tackle this sound a thousand times, but VEGA INTL does it better than most of the bargain bin Toro y Mois. It’s filled with sunny, vibrant, and ready-for-the-dancefloor jams whose grooves are apparent. I found myself bobbing my head compulsorily all throughout the ... read more
[Genre: Chillwave]

Bro, like I'm so aesthetic bro, I like vaporwave and 80's music, people don't get me cause I'm just that quirky and aesthetic bro

This album is really damn good. VEGA INTL. Night School is an extremely fun and solid synthpop/chillwave album that never fails to be fun throughout. The production is straight up funky and incredible, and the vocals are really smooth and add a lot to the 80's type sound this album shoots for. Weirdly enough, with the 80's type sound it still ... read more
If you dig the aesthetic of this album (the cover tells it all) its a solid record with no major flaws. The 80s latin disco grooves on here fit perfectly with Neon Indian's production styles on previous records. The album flows nicely and is built around the two fantastic singles. A little lull towards the end before the great closing track News From the Sun, but even tracks like Techno Clique, Baby's Eyes and 61 Cygni Ave have their moments. Street Level is my least favorite from the strong ... read more
Vega INTL. Night School is absolutely everything imaginable, wrapped in a chillwave aesthetic.
didnt love the vocals but this production was top notch. not exactly my cup of tea, but there were some great synthpop trcks on here that obviously had a huge 80s influence. pretty well put together and mixed as well.
fav tracks: street level
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Added on: August 14, 2015