Neon Indian was considered as one of the forerunners of the chillwave movement with the release of the charming debut Psychic Chasm, a record that sounded a lot more odd than those from his fellow genre pioneers Toro Y Moi and Washed Out. In reality, he shared the same level of playfulness and quirkiness as Ariel Pink, an artist he also admitted being inspired of. By comparison, his excellent 2011 follow-up Era Extraña was a lot more structured and streamlined; displaying solid song-crafting that turned its head towards vaguely recalled neon-lit 80’s soundtracks. The title track of that record is still one of the most beautiful 80’s nostalgic trips I’ve ever come across, and now that two years have passed since the album’s release, it’s fair to say that it’s my favorite from any given artist that came out of the chillwave movement.
While I unfortunately can’t say that Neon Indian’s latest release is a first taste of a new album, it’s fitting that he eventually would end up on a soundtrack – in this case GTA V. Playful as ever, “Change Of Coast” would’ve been fit to score any late night Sony Crockett Ferrari drive, so it’s not hard to see why it suites the sentiment of GTA perfectly. It’s lot less somber as Era Extraña, while containing the same amount of playfulness (even a bit of irony one might hope) that one would expect. So go ahead beat up some poor sucker, steal his Ferrari and change the channel to Neon Indian.