by Bill Forman
The move from the Texas chill-wave band is just the latest example of musicians using "added value" incentives in an ongoing attempt to lure consumers back into the realm of, well, consuming.
So sure, you can pre-order the forthcoming Era Extrana CD sans synth. But there's definitely something alluring about the $49 deluxe package (12" Vinyl + CD + The PAL 198X Custom Synth + Tshirt + Autographed poster). And here's Neon Indian to tell you about it:
We teamed up with our brethren homies in Austin, Bleep Labs, to proudly bring you the PAL 198X. It's a triple triangle-wave oscillator noisemaking device with interchangeable controls of all kinds. You can attach knobs, light-reactive photocells, and a variety of other devices for semi-modular capabilities. It can interact with a variety of objects around your house whether electronic in nature or not. It can even interact with your pet. It does not make the same sound twice. Basically, I want you to hack this fucking thing. Listen to what it sounds like here.
For those who don't believe in clicking on links, the device basically sounds like something Pere Ubu would have used back when Allen Ravenstine was still in the band — only uglier. Obviously, you need one.
P.S.: The album comes out Sept. 13, and the band will be coming to Denver to play the Bluebird Theater on Oct. 10.