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Neon Indian is back with “Toyota Man”

Neon Indian is back with “Toyota Man”

After four years, Neon Indian returns in 2019 with “Toyota Man”. This track marks a new era for Alan Palomo’s project, as it teases his fourth studio album which will be strongly influenced by psychedelia and cumbia.

For the first time, the lyrics are in spanish and reflect the feelings of many mexicans living in the United States (just as Palomo’s family). “We come to study, we want to work”, he sings as a protest, with a great rhythm that will make you dance and even surprise you with a sample of “La cucaracha”.


Writing in spanish is a whole new world for Alan, who with each era looks for a particular sound and aesthetic, which is why he takes his time between releas
es. In the years that have passed since his third album VEGA INTL. Night School, Monterrey’s artist focused on cinema.

He composed some scores and even had time to debut with a short film: 86d, which is a final recap of the universe he created for that album. Taking advantage of these knowledge, Palomo directs the video for “Toyota Man”, which is extremely political,hilarious, and tells us the story of his migrant family.

“Toyota Man” was filmed along the road map of what essentially was my path to American citizenship: Monterrey, the Nuevo Laredo border, San Antonio, and finally Austin. The process is a multiple decade commute known by many Latinos and other Americans.

Though my music has always been generally apolitical, I realized when recording this song that it was impossible to write biographically (in the rhetorical context of the Trump administration) without being entirely that: political. The story of my family, which before felt commonly American, was suddenly politicized. Recognizing the absurdity of it all, I thought it would be refreshing to address the social narrative around immigration through comedy – nods to Benny Hill, misremembered San Antonio car commercials, and School House Rock.

My family and I had a ton of fun making this and I hope it’s equally as fun to watch. Enjoy!

– Alan Palomo

Neon Indian’s electropop retains the spark that made it a chillwave favorite of the decade. Influenced by the Peruvian chicha and the Latin American sounds of the 60s and 70s, we are eager to discover what surprises await us in this new era.

Listen “Toyota Man”