My absolute favorite band recording music today, Tame Impala, released their second full length album entitled, Lonerism. In a few words, it is a sensory-overloading, expansive, psychedelic, rock gem… but that doesn’t quite cover it.
They have a natural talent for adding kaleidoscopic musical elements without ever sounding cheesy or soft. Like in the opening track, “Be Above It”. The heavy driving drums paired with the trademark lofty floating vocals make you feel like someone strapped your feet to the top of a locomotive careening through cold, low hanging multi-colored clouds.
The thoughtful nuances in their songs never fail to make me stop whatever I am doing to enjoy the subtle tweaks, breaks, breaths, effects and harmonies that send happy chills through my ears, and all the way to my tippy-toes.
“Apocalypse Dreams,” “Mind Mischief,” (love this groove) and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” are among the other standouts for me. Last but not least of my favorites is also the first single released a few weeks back, “Elephant”. A vision provoking rock masterpiece, this track could be a theme song for a warrior conquering in a glorious battle. I picture metal armor suited soldiers on horseback, wheedling ancient swords in slow motion, except everything that is normally muted and drab, has been drenched in Dayglo colors that drip off the armor and fly in the kicked dirt from horses’ hooves.
I am waiting for Tame Impala songs to start popping up in every indie movie coming out over the next year but I am personally voting for them to be the sole artist on a soundtrack for a darker, modern take on the Wizard of Oz. The moment Dorothy opens the door onto the new world, would rival the original with Tame Impala swelling through the theater speakers.
Oh, but I digress…main point being – get it on vinyl, turn it up loud and let it take you wherever it will. Too bad my closest record store didn’t have any today (not naming names …big Elvis in the window). I am just settling for digital until Amazon can get it to my front door.
Coming to your town? Lucky! Not mine.
Naturally, any band I really want to see is probably not coming anywhere near Memphis and Tame Impala is no different. You may be luckier than I though and closer to the action.
- Tuesday Nov 16th || Black Cat || Washington, DC*#
- Thursday Nov 17th || Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY*#
- Sunday Nov 21st || First Unitarian Church || Philadelphia, PA*#
- Monday Nov 22nd || Paradise Rock Club || Boston, MA*#
- Tuesday Nov 23rd || La Sala Rossa || Montreal, QC*#
- Wednesday Nov 24th || The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern || Toronto, ONT*#
- Friday Nov 26th || Double Door || Chicago, IL*#
- Saturday Nov 27th || 7th Street Entry || Minneapolis, MN*#
- Monday Nov 29th || Jackpot Music Hall || Lawrence, KS*#
- Wednesday Dec 1st || Emo’s Alternative Lounge || Austin, TX*#
- Thursday Dec 2nd || The Loft || Dallas, TX*#
- Saturday Dec 4th || Bluebird Theater || Denver, CO*
- Monday Dec 6th || Urban Lounge || Salt Lake City, UT*
- Tuesday Dec 7th || Neurolux || Boise, ID*
- Thursday Dec 9th || The Biltmore Cabaret || Vancouver, BC*
- Friday Dec 10th || Neumos || Seattle, WA*
- Saturday Dec 11th || Doug Fir Lounge || Portland, OR*
- Monday Dec 13th || The Independent || San Francisco, CA*
- Tuesday Dec 14th || Echoplex || Los Angeles, CA*
* = with Stardeath and White Dwarfs
# = with Kuroma