Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Polish Girl” by Neon Indian from the 2011 album Era Extraña on Mom + Pop.
The last time we featured Alan Palomo’s project Neon Indian for a Song of the Day podcast, he had just reached national acclaim thanks to an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (who himself had first heard Neon Indian on KEXP!). Now, Neon Indian is practically a household name, as Palomo and his live band have toured with the likes of Phoenix, Chromeo and Real Estate and have performed festivals around the world, including Bonnaroo, Pitchfork and our own Sasquatch! Plus, the opening lick of today’s featured song seems ubiquitous and is sure to be used in a commercial at some point (Stereogum, in fact, already thought it was used in a Victoria’s Secret ad!).
As the first single of Neon Indian’s sophomore effort, “Polish Girl” shows the band evolving from its so-called chillwave origins, which Palomo fully embraced on his trippy, electro-pop debut, Psychic Chasms. While Era Extraña retains the familiar 80’s keys and psychedelic riffs, its songs embrace a more dance-friendly beat better aligned with Neon Indian’s famously energetic live shows and stadium-ready melodies. Perhaps it’s “chillwave” morphing into “new rave”, but the new songs are primed for larger and larger audiences to dance their asses off as they embrace Neon Indian’s brilliance.
No doubt Era Extraña will land a respectable standing as we countdown the Top 90.3 Albums of 2011 as voted on by you, the listeners, this Friday, December 30. Tune in to find out!
For now, here’s their cyberiffic video for today’s featured song: