TAME IMPALA "lonerism"
second album by Aussie Kevin Parker under the monika Tame Impala...
he plays all instruments on this,wrote and produced it.
their debut set 'innerspeaker' was more guitar driven than this one which
contains more synth work...
sort of a cross between a 'wall of sound' type feel and psychadelia.
hints of Black Keys bass beats mixed with My Morning Jacket in places.
like his/their debut set this one has grown since my initial hearing
on the weekend, but my score goes on first impressions here...
as a footnote my new music guru "tem" used to play in a band with Parker
and the guys that are the Tame Impala gig band, both he and Corey are friends with
him also, i had the pleasure to meet Parker once...nice guy IMO, and knows what
he wants with his music!
"allmusic.com" rate this one 2.7
from the album:
There's a better than decent chance that, no matter where you are, Perth, Australia is pretty far away, a fact that pretty much makes Tame Impala
mastermind Kevin Parker
an isolated pop genius' isolated pop genius. Working mostly by himself, Parker
mines this solitude with brilliant results on Tame Impala
's sophomore effort, Lonerism
. Diving headfirst into the realm of pop music, the way Parker
uses keyboards to explore more traditional melodies makes the album feel like the McCartney
, blending the familiar with the far out to craft a Revolver-esque
psych-pop experience. This shift from the guitar-heavy sound of the debut to a more synthed-out approach gives the album a more expansive feeling, allowing Parker
to explore new textures through layer after layer of melody. As with Innerspeaker
, sonic architect Dave Fridmann
handles the mixing, and though he wasn't involved in the recording process, Lonerism
definitely shares the producer's knack for using the space as an instrument in and of itself. This layering of not just sounds, but environments, creates a serene and lonely patchwork of sound, texture, and atmosphere that's a pleasure to explore, offering something different with every journey into its swirling haze of classic pop melody and modern, more experimental, construction. Most importantly, the partnership allows Fridmann
to help shape Tame Impala
's wild, starry-eyed ambition into something enveloping and accessible, a trick he's performed for the Flaming Lips
and Mercury Rev
again and again. This combination gives Lonerism
the best of both worlds, allowing it the creative freedom to emerge as one of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined.