Psychedelic groove rock Australian band Tame Impala are back with their second album “Lonerism”. 2010’s Debut “Innerspeaker” was a jewel to listen to. So how has song writer multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker got on since then?
What can be said immediately about the first track “Be Above It” on “Lonersim” is WOW, you couldn’t ask for a better start to an album. The synth roars in like a Dragon, causing a swirling beating fire spin of psychedelic tones. The track sounds great and the vocals are catchy. The mood of the album is set right away, you know this is compulsive listening.
Next track “Endors Toi” is classic Tame Impala track that was written by Kevin in Paris where it was also recorded. It’s a full on wall of sound for your ears, and I couldn’t help cranking up to volume to hear all the sonic waves.
“Apocalypse Dreams” is the third track and has a poppy piano but soon explodes into splashes of gravity giving the track a spacious melodic progression. Next we have “Mind Mischief” which could have been taken from a 60’s master tape, it’s probably the most psychedelic track on the record and it takes the band to new heights.
“Music To Walk Home By” is a perfect example of the electricity Tame Impala have that no other bands have to offer right now, Kevin is producing something very unique. The drums are played with such passion, “Why Won’t They Talk To Me?” Could be any drunk persons late night ballad to a loved one, stumbling home struggling with a phone.
“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” is a fantastic ballad beginning with the chorus, in fact this song is just one massive cascading chorus. “Keep On Lying” is a bit of a miss match and doesn’t fit in somehow here, but next we have the bluesy “Elephant” which is one of the best tracks on the album. This song is a thumping pistol whipping track that makes you bop your head. I love it.
“Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control” starts off with a brilliant synth lifted from any electronic fans ideal bar snack, this is what makes this album one of 2012’s best, its fresh and sounds new.
The album finishes off with “Sun’s Coming Up” an old piano hook belonging in an attic, but soon swings out of control to finish with distorted waves on a beach, a perfect suiting end to a magnificent album that has succeeded all expectations. I adore it.
***** 5 Stars