First single off Tame Impala's forthcoming LP 'Lonerism', out Oct 8th.
Aidan Rivett - Tame Impala's first album never really impressed me all that much, they sounded like a ridiculously bland Beatles throwback. I thought this track was going to be a similar fair when it kicked off but when that guitar solo kicks in midway through before giving way to that keyboard it's just ecstacy and suddenly I've got a soft spot for that chugging riff at the beginning and the lennon-esque vocal stylings. Really great track. 4.5/5
Lizzie Banoffee - I keep trying this one. Honestly, if I'd been played this blind I'd have sworn it was some obscure Beatles B-side. But like Aidan said, that proggy solo takes it somewhere else. It's odd because I really can't decide if I like it or not - usually you get an instant reaction one way or the other. So a middling 3.5 Beards from me
Allan Struthers - I love the way Tame Impala have managed to add even more pyschedeliciousness™ to their sound with the introduction of those mad synth riffs. I'm a big fan of the spacey vocals, and whilst I’m not usually one for a proggy breakdown, Tame Impala have made it work by keeping it concise. The way the track just pumps and pumps for the first minute or so is excellent. It's like it's teasing you, telling you that it's not going anywhere and that you've wasted your time listening to it. But that entire notion is just blown to smithereens when that crunchy synth riff sends things astronomical. This track is such a fucking jam! 4.5 beards
Darren Bibby - This threw me into the fire, and I'm an easy lover. I like the way this is shaping up, rich and folky but futuristic also. The pie chart would be 4 equal slices labelled Barrett/Blackmore/Bolan/B.Eno . They combine the flavours superbly, piece of piss. 4.5
Chris Washington-Sare - I'm with Aidan about their first album - hyped blandness. This song is an improvement but it's still a bit too Beatles for my liking. The fuzzed up guitar thrums along nicely but the vocals are too placid. 3 beards.
Posted: Tue 21 August 2012