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Tame Impala Perth, Western Australia, Australia
2012's critically acclaimed album 'Lonerism' from Perth's highest flyers Tame Impala.
Tame Impala - "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" the second single from Tame Impala's new album 'Lonerism'. Released by: Modular Recordings. Release date: October 5th, 2012. Tracklisting: 1. Be Above It 2. Endors Toi 3. Apocalypse Dreams 4. Mind Mischief 5. Music to Walk Home By 6. Why Won't They Talk To Me 7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards 8. Keep On Lying 9. Elephant 10. She Just Won't Believe Me 11. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control 12. Sun's Coming Up Lonerism: Sonically Lonerism is a quantum leap forward for the band, the seeds of which were sown shortly after mixing of Innerspeaker had been completed. Again recorded and produced almost entirely by Kevin Parker in studios, planes, hotels and homes around the world, and mixed by the trailblazing Dave Fridmann, it's a sound not so much reinvented as completely redrafted and stretched way, way out. Lonerism's most apparent advance is in it's synthesizers - there's swathes of them cutting melancosmic shapes across almost every track. There's still the searing guitar lines, bouldering drums, free bass and of course Parker's voice, but now there's heavily mournful pads and sunshine lead lines from an army of analogue explorers in the mix. The songwriting is as joyously screwy as ever. Songs swerve when you expect them to duck, and turn themselves inside out when you expect them to straighten out, there's so many melodic curveballs it's dizzying. And it's a heady, heady record for all the loners, lyrically sweet and casual, relaxed but at times deadly serious, and oddly, deeply amorous. Be Above applies a cleansing pressure hose to the brain, and Endors Toi plunges you into a deep sleep of ripping guitar riff dreams. Music To Walk Home By is as it says on the tin, announcing its arrival at the front gate with the kind of ceremonious, shredding guitar riff that makes home seem like a good place to be. Keep On Lying intentionally drifts in and out as if in the middle of a wandering jam at the end of the earth, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards is as close as Tame Impala will ever come to a top down cruising anthem, albeit one from a cracked reality and soaked in a deep, solo melancholy. Elephant doesn't hide it's rollicking, outerspace glam strut, while Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control arguably boils the essence of Lonerism into a dense, ecstatic brew of utopian proportions. Lonerism is one loner standing staring at an expansive moonscape of psychedelic song, but it's so unpretentiously evocative and transcendental it's for everyone to enjoy. See you there. Lonerism, Tame Impala's second album, will be out Friday October 5th on Modular Recordings. Tame Impala: Tame Impala is the movement in Orion's nebula and the slime from a snail journeying across a footpath. To humans however, Tame Impala is more of a 'music ensemble', but its various other forms should not be disregarded (colour that humans can see is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, the rest is just as important to other things!) Tame Impala make psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music. It's intended for moving one's body to, and it's intended for keeping still and observing other forms of movement. It's bombastic but it's swirling, think of the shoulder bones of a giant striding feline creature through some kind of tunnel. If Tame Impala's music reminds you of what you'd want to put on when you next visit your mind's engine room then they're happy. If not, whatever, it's just music. Put it on when the sun next shines. Basically it's all about the feeling. Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson. Kevin and Dom have been musical companions for a good 9 years, having met at music class in high school at age 13, sometime after Kevin had began honing his primitive self recording skills as a way of putting tune to his newly learned drum beats. They found Jay sometime last year in rural Western Australia and admired his groovebrain and corresponding wrist movement. By stroke of luck he was moving to Perth with another band and this allowed them to jam. The Tame Impala sound is one equally informed by The Beatles as it is beat poetry, by Turkish prog as it is by Turkish delight, and by English folk as much as homeless folk, and it's a breathe of fresh air that reeks of all of these at times and none at others. Anyway, the band still enjoy recording music at home and getting up on the roof when weather permits. With the songs-vat (the apparatus used for storing songs) showing weakness and beginning to split at the seams, it's lucky they have secured a recording deal. An EP of home recordings is due out sometime soon. The EP is 5 tracks of untamed enthusiasm and unexpected delight. Beginning with Desire Be, Desire Go's endlessly looping, loose groove verses, to Slide Through My Fingers rollicking desert trip of a journey, Half Full Glass Of Wine's half-speed double-awesome riffing, 41 Mosquitoes Flying In Formation's unstoppable shake and Skeleton Tiger's marching band drums and haunting lead guitar, the Tame Impala EP is a beautiful snapshot into what lies within this beast. US Dates: Tue Feb 19 / Terminal 5 / New York, NY Wed Feb 20 / 9:30 Club / Washington, DC Thu Feb 21 / Cat's Cradle / Carrboro, NC Fri Feb 22 / The Orange Peel / Asheville, NC Sat Feb 23 / The Georgia Theater / Athens, GA Mon Feb 25 / Fitzgerald's / Houston, TX Tue Feb 26 / Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater / Austin, TX Wed Feb 27 / Granada Theater / Dallas, TX Thu Feb 28 / Cain's Ballroom / Tulsa, OK Sat Mar 02 / Headliner's Music Hall / Louisville, KY Sun Mar 03 / Turner Hall Ballroom / Milwaukee, WI Mon Mar 04 / First Avenue / Minneapolis, MN Wed Mar 06 / Vic Theater / Chicago, IL Thu Mar 07 / St. Andrews Hall / Detroit, MI Fri Mar 08 / Newport Music Hall / Columbus, OH Sat Mar 09 / Kool Haus / Toronto, ON Mon Mar 11 / Corona Theater / Montreal, QC Tues Mar 12 / House Of Blues / Boston, MA