Neon Indian, "Sleep Paralysist"

82 Billboard Rating

Neon Indian makes good on the "neon" part of its name on "Sleep Paralysist," as frontman Alan Palomo crafts a track so '80s-infused, it's the next best thing to taking a ride in the "Back to the Future" DeLorean. The song starts off with electronic sounds that seem to be pulled from an old arcade game, then launches into a ping-ponging, scratchy beat under flat vocals. The Texas-born, Brooklyn-based group's music is often described as "chillwave," and Neon Indian certainly doesn't project any warmth on "Sleep Paralysist"-it's the definition of cool and disaffected. The song is the perfect track to play on the drive home from the rager, while wearing your sunglasses at night. Too bad this wasn't the soundtrack to the John Hughes tribute at the Academy Awards.-Cortney Harding

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