Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi are bands I strongly associate. Partly because they came to indie prominence around the same time, in late 2009/early 2010. And partly because that's just how I happened to consume them.
Neon Indian frontman Alan Palomo is a talented guy - a bit douchey - and has surfed a wave of popularity he could easily have fallen off (drugs/high expectations/The Pirate Bay). But his second album, Era Extraña, ticks some massive box.
It has 80s synthlines, love-damaged lyrics, and three 'Heart' tracks which weave a little texture through.
Toro Y Moi has released two albums, Causers of This (2010) and Underneath the Pine (2011); both excellent albums. On the second album, Chazwick Bundick, the band's face, displays progression from the lo-fi gimmickry of his debut to a robust, mature sound.
The track below has been taken from Bundick's new EP Freaking Out. I can't tell if it's a set of off-cuts from Pine, or if he's refining his sound every six months. And by refined I mean he sounds like a wailing Bobby Brown still struggling to shave.