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World Of Hassle
  1. The Wailing Mall
  2. Meutrière (feat. Flore Benguigui)
  3. La Madrileña
  4. Nudista Mundial ’89 (feat. Mac DeMarco)
  5. The Return of Mickey Milan
  6. Stay-At-Home DJ
  7. Club People
  8. Alibi For Petra
  9. Nobody’s Woman
  10. Is There Nightlife After Death?
  11. Big Night of Heartache
  12. The Island Years
  13. Trouble In Mind

alan palomo (neon indian)

World Of Hassle

Transgressive Records
  • limited black 2lp in gatefold sleeve

    Released: 15th Sep 2023

  • cd (pre-order)

    Expected Release: 15th Sep 2023


a vivid piece of world-building that takes listeners into a slightly surreal pocket dimension saturated with anxiety and nostalgia, where jazz-funk and wide-shouldered Claude Montana suits never went out of style, and the Cold War chill that suffused Leonard Cohen’s 'I’m Your Man' never lifted.

'World of Hassle' is a Pynchonesque place, packed with characters and situations rendered in dreamily absurdist strokes—guerilla freedom fighters camped out in a Rainforest Cafe in “The Wailing Mall,” a crumbling ex-pop star in “The Return of Mickey Milan,” the Leisure Suit Larry-does-Ibiza fantasy of “Nudista Mundial ’89” (featuring Mac DeMarco).

From the intricate fictional details packed into the cover art (co-created by Palomo and designer Robert Beatty), to the lyrical collage of pop culture and political references, to the music’s early-digital sheen, the album evokes the 80s golden age of rock stars like Bryan Ferry and Sting leaving their own breakthrough projects to strike out as jazzy solo musicians. It’s parody, sure—of rock star ego trips, the mall-ification of America, and our own self-obsession, even on the brink of apocalypse—but it’s also dead serious, the sound of history repeating itself as the Doomsday Clock clicks past its Reagan-era maximum and nuclear anxiety comes back into style along with digital synthesizers and sax solos. The deeper it pulls you into its own uncanny reality, the clearer it becomes how thin the borders are between Alan Palomo’s 'World of Hassle' and our own.