Tame Impala - “Apocalypse Dreams”
It might sound bizarre. But it’s the absence of focus in Tame Impala’s psychedelic rock that absorbs me the most. To me, the Aussie troupe’s brilliance has not been about the guitar or the composition. It’s the deliberate distraction of focus from everything that might grab your attention and label the band as a mere psych-rock act. I have a logical feeling that every element in Tame Impala’s music has been calculated to keep a strange sort of balance and remoteness. You also see it in production. You hear it in Kevin Parker’s expansive guitar. They’re not trying to alter any state of mind here. These songs are neither sad nor jump-out-of-your-seat and lose consciousness “Debaser” way. They only give you this relaxing and at points challenging sense of floating. I think this makes the vibe of these fellow rockers quite unique and pleasant.
Listening to the first song off the band’s upcoming album, I luckily don’t see a significant transition. They didn’t do what MGMT did to themselves on Congratulations (Gosh! Wondering if anyone can listen to those weird impossible songs again). It may sound a bit more lightweight at the beginning. Parker resembles Lennon at some points. Though things will eventually shape up and the elements fit into their place and it all becomes easy to affiliate with.
They’re only a few rock newcomers that earn this trophy of having such an oddly familiar sound while not using any idiosyncratic instruments. “Apocalypse Dreams” is quintessentially a Tame Impala song. But it’s not completely what one may expect. On the precise tick of 3:00 into the tune, there starts another story. In a way, judging by that abrupt silence, it could be two different songs bundled into one. Two highly above mediocre works I would say.
Lonerism will be released in Australia on October 5th, the UK on October 8th and the US on October 9th via Modular Recordings. It’s not far from truth calling it one of my most anticipated albums of the year. Click here to pre-order and here to see the not surprisingly awesome cover art at large.
p.s. I still listen to Innerspeaker on my iPod. And I know I’m boring people on my twitter telling them about albums I still listen to. But what can I do when that’s all I can say. I haven’t said that about any Editors albums yet.