Tame Impala: Lonerism (Modular Recordings)
Second offering from the Australian psyche-rock outsiders, led by Kevin Parker.
The release of Lonerism marks the triumphant return of Australian space rockers Tame Impala, and their unique brand of prog psychedelica.
The group are a four piece in the live arena, but vocal and musical duties in the studio are the preserve of the enigmatic Kevin Parker.
In an interview with Australian newspaper Whitsunday Times, Parker revealed much of Lonerism was influenced by his own social anxieties.
“The last years of touring and me being a people person is just something that’s not in my blood. All these cool parties just make me realise I’m just a total outcast. I just can’t really talk to anyone without feeling stupid. Sometimes I just want to run home and never come out of my bedroom again.”
On behalf of the music world, LTW thanks Parker for deciding to venture out of his humble abode, and allowing us to peer into his ambient world.
Like their debut effort Innerspeaker, Lonerism is a stomping, colourful, trippy tour de force.
The band take influence from the luminaries of prog, just as fellow Aussie rockers of brief ‘Woman’ fame Wolfmother, but Tame Impala are more Todd Rundgren than Black Sabbath.
‘Elephant’, the first single to be released from the effort is a brilliant, primal glam groove that is instantly infectious. As the great Jaz Coleman once sang, ‘this is music to march to, it’s a war dance.”
‘Apocalypse Dreams’ clocks in at a meagre 6 minutes, and could last another 20 minutes and not get boring.
Parker’s vocals sound like the late great John Lennon after inhaling a substantial amount of helium.
Indeed, the LP sounds like The Beatles if they had continued their journey into the realms of psychedelica a la Magical Mystery Tour.
The anthemic, brooding soundscapes that drove Innerspeaker are again on show within Lonerism, but the influence of the vintage synthesisers employed by Parker is evident. The effervescent ‘Music To Walk By’ highlights this.
The depth to Tame Impala’s sound is astounding, with layer upon layer of guitars, synth and vocal FX creating a feast for the ears.
This complex structure and huge sound is testament to Parker’s long periods of self imposed house arrest creating the record. While his Lonerism may not help in social contexts, musically it is a gold mine.
All Words by Andrew Bardsley, who can be found on Twitter HERE.