Review: Tame Impala

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“It sounds like Lennon meets Floyd. Seriously, dude, you should like totally try it.”

Big words, especially from who was totally unqualified to make them. The musical greats were hard to imitate, and harder to emulate. The friend who recommended this band to me didn’t quite sound sober, and besides was prone to exaggeration. Needless to say, I was more than a little skeptical.

I shouldn’t have been. A mixture of Floyd and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Tame Impala’s sound reverberated across time and space and some very high minds to make its presence known in the music world in 2010, with their debut album Innerspeaker. The band solidified its spot with 2012s Lonerism, with gems such as “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, “Elephants”, and “Mind Mischief”.

The band tends to focus on music more than voice, with the lyrics and the singer’s voice designed to merely complement the psychedelic music. Describing themselves as a “… steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody”, the band’s songs and accompanying videos are heavily inspired by the hypnotism and surrealism. With a decided element of fantasy pervading all of their tracks, the band capitalizes on this fact to create a sound that can best be described as new-age tripper, with an atmosphere that is vaguely ‘70s-era rock bar. Hallucination looms large in the foreground.

Nominated for the 2014 Grammys (Lonerism, for Best Alternative Music Album – they lost out to Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City), the band seems to be on its way to major popular success. My advice would be this: grab a pair of headphones, sit in a darkened room, eat some sandwiches (if you know what I mean), and pig out to Tame Impala. You’re welcome.


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