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Electric Picnic 2010 - Neon Indian

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ATL | 14:37 UK time, Sunday, 5 September 2010

Electric Arena, Sunday 5th September, 1.30pm

Describe in a tweet: Woozy psychedelic soundtrack for your 80s prom date.

What happened: This was always going to be difficult. Neon Indian's debut album, Psychic Chasms is one of the jewels in the crown of the emerging 'chillwave' sound (which is, sadly, the worst name for a genre EVER), but the album's sound relies heavily on discreet textures and sounds, rather than directly on the strength of the songs themselves. And so it proves to be a problem when most of these dynamics are lost in the sound mix, leaving just the barest hint of what makes the album such a contender for 'album of the year'.

That's not to say that it's bad, as the band plough on ahead regardless, a mixture of MGMT-esque psychedelia and Kraftwerk style electronica. It's as if we're hearing the soundtrack to a long lost John Hughes movie, and each song has that nostalgic feel, a whispered memory of long hot summers and stolen kisses. Once the band manage to translate that hazy, half-remembered sound of the album to a live setting, expect Neon Indian to be the band on many people's lips.

Electric Dreams: 'Deadbeat Summer' comes closest to capturing the grandeur of the album, all shimmering textures and sing-a-long pop hooks.

Ants at a picnic: It's still early in the day, but there's a distinct lack of atmosphere in this cavernous tent.

EP Rating: 6/10

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