[Over these last few days of 2010, we'll be
favorite local songs of the year, counting down from No. 25 to No. 1,
one track a day. Today, we take an in-depth look at song No. 3 on the
list -- and, please, feel free to click after the jump for a free download of the track. Also
after the jump, check out songs Nos. 50-4 in the Top 50 list that will
update as it grows...
]After having experienced a pretty massive 2009
, Neon Indian
blew up even bigger in 2010, coming into its own and earning rave reviews from even the lamestream
and teen pop icon
sets, who arrived late to the party that was the Denton-sprung band's debut full-length, Psychic Chasms
And, hell, even soda companies jumped on the bandwagon.Mountain Dew, with their recently launched Green Label Sound label, formally positioned itself as a Neon Indian backer in March, when the company released the first post-Psychic Chasms single of Neon Indian's career
, a song called "Sleep Paralysist," which featured co-production work from Grizzly Bear's Christ Taylor alongside Neon Indian's North Texas native frontman, Alan Palomo. The extreme-to-the-max soda company even paid for the song's music video
-- the band's very first official one, by the way.
Here's the thing about that single, though: It may have come with massive hype -- Palomo's face was plastered all over billboards Austin in at March 2010's SXSW Festival, which conveniently came just after the song's release -- but it also lives up to it. In fact, "Sleep Paralysist," may be strongest, and most fully realized, single that Palomo has ever released over the course of his young, but ridiculously impressive
Bonus mp3: Neon Indian -- "Sleep Paralysist"