2010’s gut-punching psych-fest Innerspeaker was a real left hook from no where, quickly establishing Tame Impala as THE name to drop in indie circles. Genius at the helm, and Kylie Minogue fanatic, Kevin Parker has produced a quick turn-around to indulge us with this year’s release – Lonerism.
The record starts confidently with the self-assertive Be above it. The repeated lyric, a statement
of intention that the band won’t be shaken from their style. Overdriven percussion, processed vocals and guitars return – with a touch more subtlety this time. Endors Toi then introduces a heavier use of synths to Parker’s palette.
Apocalypse dreams flows on nicely with an ELO influenced piano riff. The optimistic lyrics “this
could be the day that we push through, the day that all our dreams come true” are cathartic and stirring. On the contrary Why won’t they talk to me plays out like the lament of a socially inept astronaut. Morose subject matter works in bittersweet juxtaposition with space rock squelches and blips. Meanwhile lead single Elephant is a thick-riffed triumph as fat as P.T Barnum’s pet. The majority of the track is instrumental – a daring choice for the radio.
Impala’s latest opus broadens the band’s sound, whilst remaining true to the sound that made their debut such a success. Often disorientating, always entertaining, Lonerism is a universal must listen.