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Ever heard of Tame Impala?
No, I hadn't until a month or so back when I was stood in HMV. I didn't have any money to spend, but I was just passing half an hour of my lunch at work. I heard some groovy sounds being played in the store and instead of heading out I had another listen. What I heard was quite psychedelic, with a bit of rock, kind of Pink Floyd-like, dude. I went to the counter and asked what this strange yet pretty good music was. He had a look at his music machine. "Tame Impala," he informed me. He then went over to the shelves and showed me where a copy of the album was. "It has been reduced to seven quid as well," he informed me.
I have only ever bought one other CD on the strength of listening to one or two song before, and that was Wolf Mother. I usually like to check them out on YouTube for a while, but it is nice to be spontaneous sometimes. Was I happy with my purchase?
A Look at the Tracks:
1. "It Is Not Meant to Be" 5:22
2. "Desire Be Desire Go" 4:26
3. "Alter Ego" 4:47
4. "Lucidity" 4:31
5. "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?" 3:19
6. "Solitude Is Bliss" 3:55
7. "Jeremy's Storm" 5:28
8. "Expectation" 6:02
9. "The Bold Arrow of Time" 4:24
10. "Runway, Houses, City, Clouds" 7:15
11. "I Don't Really Mind"
Tame Impala hail from Perth, Australia and Innerspeaker is their debut album. They consist of Kevin Parker - vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys, Jay Watson - drums, keys, guitar and Dominic Simper - percussion, bass, guitar, effects. Impala, apparently is a medium sized antelope.
How do you describe their music? Chilled and dreamlike, with a distorted loud guitar and crashing cymbals for good measure. Uplifting at times, just the sort of thing to fall to sleep to (but not in a bad way). Although it is definitely psychedelic, the songs move along just fine. There are no epic twenty minute songs, the longest is about 7 minutes and the shortest 3.45. Not much self-indulgence and the band seem to have a clear idea of what they are doing. There are songs about drugs, but I don't think they were written whilst they were high. If I can find a fault then I guess it would be his voice. It takes a while to get used to, but it can sound a bit nasally at times. That is not to say it ruins the music, I guess it suits it really.
If I were to compare them with other bands, then I would have to say they are very much like Pink Floyd in their Syd Barrett days, with a hint of the Beatles in their most psychedelic moments. A bit of Jimmy Hendrix as well. A sprinkling of just about anything psychedelic, but in a fresh and new way. Oh, and my brother thought they sounded like Stone Roses, where I'd disagree, and I don't like them!
For a taster: