Neon Indian, a.k.a. the band that I’ve previously confused as an affiliation of Animal Collective due to the probably similar fan base and their shared use of the word “indian,” has just announced some news bound to jumble my small-capacity brain even further. What the hell is a remix? And are anagrams a candy of some sort? Because I doubt they surpass in taste a particular teddy-shaped cereal that has been seriously undervalued since its inception.
In actuality, the news is pretty straightforward, even for me: on April 9, Neon Indian will be releasing ERRATA ANEX, an EP of tracks from their previous LP Era Extraña (TMT Review), remixed by the likes of Optimo and Actress. Okay, it’s only an EP, so I may as well give you the full list of musical mutationeers: Optimo, Boyd Rice, Pattern, Actress, and Twin Shadow. I’m not sure how releases of this type usually come about, but apparently Alan Palomo contacted a few choice artists about the EP, and they responded in kind, “Anything for you, my sweet Alaña. <3 <3 <3"
Read Palomo's version of the events below:
These remixes are a small collection found along the way of my year on the road while we were touring *Era Extraña*. The artists were chosen by whatever most consistently blared out of my headphones that Fall and what I was most giddy to hear an amalgamation of from the songs I was playing live, and the artists I'd listen to later that night. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then total re-imagination from song scraps must be something far more warm, mutant, and mutual. I hope you enjoy them."
And visit Neon Indian’s website to download Twin Shadow’s remix of “Hex Girlfriend.”
ERRATA ANEX tracklisting:
01. Polish Girl (Optimo Mix)
02. Halogen (Boyd Rice Remix)
03. Heart Release (Patten Remix)
04. Blindside Kiss (Actress Remix)
05. Hex Girlfriend (Twin Shadow Remix)