Tame Impala’s Lonerism

by Charissa Lock

The sunken couch you lie on, though ripped and torn, is a constant comfort to your sprawled body.  Lights are dimmed, due rather to dusty lamp shades and windowless basement walls than a specialized switch.  This is your other dimension; daily distractions and to-do lists are neither welcomed nor belong here.  Three mates from Australia also share this room with you (two of the five, only in a live setting).  In a way, they have created this psychedelic basement environment, with help of your creative imagination and desire for such an experience.   They go by the name Tame Impala, and they know just how to create chord progression and synth loops for just the right amount of time and at the right speed to produce this flowing melodic rock lair.

Lonerism is their sophomore LP and that which has such delicate and perfectly implemented feelings surrounding the entire 51 minutes.  It’s highly impossible to listen to this album and not gather a distinct atmosphere and mood.   With late Beatles-esque and MGMT  influences lathered throughout all tracks, you are able to relax and swallow it whole without needing to question and consider the sounds, wondering if they are able to ‘work.’  All of this is perfectly acceptable, melody, and frequent transitions shift the “I’ve heard this before” feeling to, “This is familiar, yet possesses a unique nature.”  I’m well aware you generally don’t speak this way, but I’m giving you a sense of eloquence – you’re welcome.

The tracks are mellow, with many rhythms and sounds blending together to create a tight, yet dreamy feel.  Sometimes it seems that there may be a more noise distortion mixture than actual beats and melodies.  However, the beginning of most song introduces you to the foundational beats and melodies before adding harmonies, synth and distortion.  Once you get this pattern in your head, you can then accept the overlaying of sounds as additions, rather than feeling the base being washed away.  This makes for a focus/unfocused approach to listening.  This is why the couch is in the basement, without windows, and accented with faded lamps.  You don’t bring your problems while listening, you gain new perspectives and your mind wanders to thoughtful and peaceful places.  Lonerism is accepting this position, there are enough great solos and wonderfully composed moments that lend you to be sucked back to the music and appreciate the production.  Yet, you don’t have to be focused the entire time.  This way, every time you hear this album you will be listening to many pieces, consciously, for the first time.

Tame Impala has quite a few tracks that stand out and one of them is under a minute long.  “She Just Won’t Believe Me,” is a great 57 second track, a fantastic intensified introduction that, instead of building to an amaze-balls song…ends.  A bit clever, and certainly stands out.  Metric’s male version of “Lost Kitten” comes Tame Impala’s “Elephant.”  Their similarities span on multiple levels and a remix with both of them would be pretty powerful (*hint*hint* soundcloud djs).   As a song itself, “Elephant,” is one of their more radio-friendly and has a great bridge that completes the track. “Apocalypse Dream” carries MGMT influences and has great melodies, both surfer rock guitar and falsetto vocals.  As you tap in and out of Lonerism consciousness, you will be able to find more and more tracks and selected sounds that you can make connections with and appreciate.

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