If the Joel Potrykus movie Relaxer had a smell, it would be sweat on a vinyl couch, with a faint whiff of sour milk somewhere in the background. Y2K’s on the horizon, and a sense of mild panic is palpable. If The Greasy Strangler left you uncomfortable, Relaxer will have you cringing. And, yet, the film manages to achieve a hallucinatory buzz that washes over the viewer.
Relaxer is fascinating and enveloping, and no small part of that is due to the music from Neon Indian, the electronic music project from Alan Palomo, who’s no stranger to working with the sounds of previous decades. Neon Indian’s most recent album, 2015’s Vega Intl. Night School, is awash in synthy ’80s vibes, so it makes sense that Palomo would be able to get into a late ’90s groove with no trouble.
We spoke with Palomo by phone about his work on Relaxer, as well as Neon Indian's work on the video game, Grand Theft Auto V.
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Neon Indian, "Change of Coast" (The Music of Grand Theft Auto V)
Neon Indian, "Polish Girl" ("Fallout" single)
Wang Chung, "To Live and Die in L.A." (To Live and Die in L.A. OST)
Neon Indian, "Annie" (Vega Intl. Night School)