Artist Spotlight: Tame Impala


Whoever said psychedelic rock died with the 60's is totally off.  I haven't been as excited about a group in a long time as I am about these guys.  Tame Impala started in 1999 in Western Australia, sticking to bedroom recordings until 2007, when they released demos on Myspace.  Their music clearly takes influence from the Beatles' incredibly influential record, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band. But if you want to get a good idea of what differentiates Tame Impala, just consider this: many people criticized MGMT's follow up album Congratulations, due to the fact that they brought indie-electro pop into an array of psychedelic mystery, without the killer hooks from the first record.  In a sense, it was dull. Tame Impala brings the dullness of that record, if you will, to life through both of their studio releases: InnerSpeaker (2010), and Lonerism (2012). In these releases, it is easy to get lost in Parker's falsetto through groovy bass lines in songs like "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," "Apocalypse Dreams," and "Expectation." They also bring wah-wah effects to a whole new level in songs "Solitude Is Bliss," and "Mind Mischief."  It becomes clear that they haven't forgotten about the importance of a muzzled, psychedelic fuzz that has the power to drive a song, and get your head nodding along, in "Elephant." 72_tameimpala As far as their lyrics, they are a bit obscure, but you will definitely find yourself in the mood to listen to Parker's thoughts of serenity after getting lost in Steve Miller-esque, heavily synth based instrumentals in between verses, which happen to be awesomely trippy.

Tame Impala is a must listen -- they are on the rise, and are only getting bigger. I highly recommend watching all of their music videos on YouTube: the work of their visual and graphic designers is pure genius.

  • Influences: Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Sounds Like: MGMT, Real Estate, Grizzly Bear
  • Genre: Hypno-groove melodic rock, Psychedelic Rock, Indie Electro-Funk

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