AOTY 2019

Psychic Chasms

Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2009 Ratings: #121 / 851
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2009 Ratings: #69
October 13, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lefse Records / Label
Chillwave, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Psychic Chasms is an excellent album of balmy psychedelia and breezy infectiousness.

86
Pitchfork
Palomo has brought all the best of 2009's summer sounds-- bedroom production, borrowed nostalgia, unresolved sadness, deceptively agile popcraft-- together on a single album.
82
Beats Per Minute

Another triumphant release from an indie buzz band – cut past the retro blogosphere-hyped nonsense and you’ll uncover an album that’ll make you feel as warm and as satisfied as you did 10 years ago, when you finally reached the elusive level 12 on Super Mario Land.

80
musicOMH

But the thing Psychic Chasms does really well is when it conveys the most confounding thing about nostalgia: that muddled melancholic bit that serves as happy times' backdrop.

80
AllMusic

Even if the sheer amount of sounds Palomo crams into Neon Indian’s music is occasionally overwhelming, Psychic Chasms is a distinctive, adventurous, and heartfelt debut.

80
Consequence of Sound
Neon Indian is the younger, wide-eyed brother making music in the basement with equipment he found in some old boxes.
80
DIY
Luckily, ‘Psychic Chasms’ is more than mere bauble. First up, Palomo has the chops to wheel out half a dozen blissful pop beauties over a 12-track album. Not bad going by any standard, but particularly impressive in the hit-and-miss landscape of synth revivalism.
80
Spin

A dreamy collage of samples and synth tones, Psychic Chasms succeeds both as pop ... and as affecting art.

80
The Guardian
Regardless of genre, this is a very fine debut.
75
The 405
It'€™s garish, so overloaded it can make your head swim, but the majority of the record is awash with great ideas that are well executed.
70
Drowned in Sound
This just isn't THE RECORD OF THE YEAR that the blogosphere promised me it would be; but it is more than the sum of its parts.
70
PopMatters

Never ominous and always bright, Psychic Chasms is fantastic brain candy in the vein of electronica or millennial psychedelia.

70
Loud and Quiet
‘Psychic Chasms’ (bar a few bonus remixes) still finds an awkwardly promising middle ground – too downbeat and droning to truly capture a sense of summery optimism but a dimension away from simply muddling towards an odd technological limbo either.
64
Pretty Much Amazing

Bluntly put, Psychic Chasms sounds like my Nintendo had sex with a Theremin and then got run through the washing machine.

55
Coke Machine Glow
I mean, If you’re going to tug at the heart-strings of twentysomethings with retro snippets of pop culture, at least do it with something we actually remember.
NervousYoungMan
88
where the fuck are you Alan ????
usedtobe
88
The very first chill-wave record I've heard and still trips me out every time. Supremely infectious.
unknownpleasure
90
Tripped balls to this the other day. Turns out that was an amazing choice
GPellizzon
87
No phrase can describe the feelings I've had while listening to this album better than the oxymoron "nostalgia for the future".
One of the most underrated neopsychedelic albums.

GEMS:
• Deadbeat Summer
• Terminally Chill
• Mind, Drips
• Ephemeral Artery
SethWinger
85
DEADBEAT SUMMER
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Year End Lists

#14/Pitchfork
#40/Stereogum
#41/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. (AM)
  2. Deadbeat Summer
  3. Laughing Gas
  4. Terminally Chill
  5. (If I Knew, I'd Tell You)
  6. 6669 (I don't know if you know)
  7. Should Have Taken Acid With You
  8. Mind, Drips
  9. Psychic Chasms
  10. Local Joke
  11. Ephemeral Artery
  12. 7000 (Reprise)
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