VEGA INTL. Night School

Neon Indian
VEGA INTL. Night School
Released: 16-10-2015

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  1. Hit Parade
  2. Annie
  3. Street Level
  4. Smut!
  5. Bozo
  6. The Glitzy Hive
  7. Dear Skorpio Magazine
  8. Slumlord
  9. Slumlord’s Re-Lease
  10. Techno Clique
  11. Baby’s eyes
  12. C’est La Vie (say the casualties!)
  13. 61 Cygni ave.
  14. News From The Sun (live bootleg)

In the 4 years since his last full-length album, Alan Palomo struggled with the idea of shedding his low fi and spontaneous writing style he had developed when writing as Neon Indian, or returning to cleaner production values and the dance oriented approach of his earlier recording moniker, VEGA. It was during the reflective time of this developing process that he found a busy intersection at which both Vega and Neon Indian could meet and ultimately merge into one fast lane.

In late 2013 Alan began working on more guitar and funk- centric songs, and recruited his older brother, Jorge, to help him realize his vision. During their writing sessions, Jorge took a job playing bass in a house band of a cruise ship, which meant he was traveling 8 months a year. Alan decided to purchase a ticket for the cruise in order to finalize his brother’s contributions and they set up a small studio in a cabin aboard the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship. Alan, Jorge, and their engineer, Josh, worked diligently tracking songs between margaritas as the ship traversed the Bahamas from Florida in a cabin on the ship for just one magic week.

Back on solid ground and free from working in one small space on a cruise ship, he continued to flesh out the album at various locations in New York and Austin. Whilst loading music equipment in NYC towards the end of the never ending east coast winter, he slipped on icy stairs and cracked his face, leaving 9 new stitches clefting through his right eyebrow that left a fresh sloping scar that seemed to create a sideways exclamation mark. He now had his battle scar from this album and he would win at all costs.

Atlanta gave him some solid driving sonic points and he returned to Brooklyn to finish locally. He teamed up with Alex Epton (XXXchange) to mix the album at Alex’s studio, they simultaneously watched trashy B movies and new york flicks while working to see if the visuals were thematically aligning with the music...Did this song fit over Abel Ferrera’s Ms. 45? Was this interlude remnant of the punk show in After Hours? More than ever, the goal of this album was intended to be a film score to an imaginary film playing indefinitely at the neglected theaters or porno booths of Alan’s head.

Upon completion, Alan noted “most of what I’ve learned about human nature in my twenties has happened after dark. People are just kind of more honest and deliberate then. I like to call the places I go to Night Schools.” To celebrate the marriage of his previous project’s aesthetic into one and his eureka regarding its themes, he dubbed this double album, VEGA INTL. Night School.

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