Friday, 2 December 2011

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker - My Take

I come to you today with an absolute gem of an album. Innerspeaker is the debut effort by Australian psychedelic trio Tame Impala, who have been impressing at festival venues all summer. Not mention supporting heavyweights such as Foo Fighters and MGMT on international tours.

Innerspeaker got me on the first listen, hook line and sinker. If you have as much a soft spot as I for music a little different, down the psychedelic path perhaps, I'm sure you'll love this. Should you be after the quickest way I can sum it up, I'll say the music sounds the same as the cover looks. They suit each other perfectly.

Now for the real low-down; The album is awash with swirling guitars and low in the mix synthesisers creating a picturesque sonic landscape. It's Not Meant To Be eases the listener in with some gentle wah groove licks, as a bright, clean rhythm guitar is whispered through wide right. The chorus provides a taster for a running theme throughout the album, incredibly catchy melodies that bring it all back together after the parts seem to wander off in their different directions. Another prime example of this is on my track of the album, Alter Ego. 60's psychedelia is truly alive and well. If you introduced a friend to Innerspeaker and told them it was from 1970 I promise they wouldn't even suspect otherwise. 

It looks back to all the best parts of the era, using guitars instead of electronics to create the magnificent landscapes. It's worth mentioning part of the nostalgic old-school feel of the album must be attributed to lead vocalist Kevin Parker's voice, which is eerily similar to John Lennon's. Fuzz guitars and classic sounding Tom's give the listening experience a great feel all the way through. It's just so impressive that 3 Australian fellas have been inspired by the 60's era and created such a fresh and modern take on the whole experience. 

Overall, Innerspeaker is not a world beater. Parts of the album feel staggered, like they were created in jam sessions that don't quite hit the bullseye. The Bold Arrow of Time starts promisingly with a Hendrix-esque fuzzed Fender Strat style intro, but ultimately doesn't go anywhere interesting. Jeremy's Storm also seems to forget what it's doing for a little too long, it's quite tough not to skip it after the first stages. 

I thoroughly advise you to listen to Innerspeaker. Not only is it a refreshing take on 60's psyche, it embarrasses a lot of modern bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters, who could have done something different this year, but instead decided to stick to a tried and tested formula. Let's hope Tame Impala aren't as unwilling to branch out into other avenues. Hell, even Justin Bieber is rapping these days.

13 comments:

AgusFan said...

Great post!!I really like ur work =D

minecraft129 said...

Very nice :)

bluestag said...

Marvelous almub indeed.

ZACK said...

not my kind of music but will defintely check it out!

Orang3 said...

great post and blog, you have a new follower! :]

tman said...

Awesome, great blog and great album

jorgen80 said...

Great!

Publius said...

this really is a special album... excellent review!

sh4man1 said...

great post

Anonymous said...

amazing cloud

Anonymous said...

nice pics !!!

Rubes27 said...

Looooove tame impala, my buddy got me in to it years ago

Anonymous said...

great post!!!!

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