Neon Indian @ Holocene Review and Warm Up Set with DJ Mkulima (The Farmer)
Written by DJ Mkulima (The Farmer) on June 30, 2018
Neon Indian a.k.a Alan Palomo returned to Holocene for an elusive DJ set! Known as a pioneer and staple in the electronic indie psych rock-ish genres (dare genres be labeled), Neon Indian made his mark on the music world with pop hits including Polish Girl, Deadbeat Summer, and I Should Have Done Acid With You. In this post-indie, post-instrumental new-age of popular music Neon Indian continues to reinvent himself as a now mixologist and DJ.
Originally from Monterey Mexico and having spent his formative years in Texas one can only speculate that his indigenous roots and connections influenced his decision to go by the moniker Neon Indian. Indigenous people have traditionally been peoples of resilience and perseverance, evolving and adapting to the resources available on the land. In a land of neon lights and artificial materials native presence persists and the “age of the Neon Indian” has emerged.
After an outstanding opening set of deep danceable and energizing disco-tech-house from Portland’s very own Ben Tactic and lead man of Spend The Night, Neon Indian took to the stage. Palomo’s set was a refreshing example of an artist who is able to adapt and creatively evolve with integrity for quality. His set started out with eclectic vocals with a house music vibe and evolved with spaces of deep trance-like melodic phases, periods of downtempo chill-wave-esque, and rhythmic bursts of techno that kept the dance floor vibing. Almost every second of the set Neon Indian appeared to be actively mixing, curating, selecting, and feeling the dance floor evolve with a truly live and improvised DJ set. His excellent musical taste and curation reflected upon the energy of his fans for memorable night and positive vibes all around.
What was most impressive about this night was remembering back to past Portland Neon Indian appearances at venues such as Doug Fir thinking about his full band, hipster aura, and shoe-gaze feels. Palomo’s outstanding DJ set demonstrates the ability of Neon Indian to continually adapt to his Neon and fabricated environment embracing the land and resources as presented. Without a doubt Portland can’t wait for the next return of Neon Indian the continuation and Learning to Grow of this true creative and evolving inspiration.
As always, Don’t forget to Keep on Growing out There!