Tame Impala - Lonerism

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it's pretty great, (if you like them that is.)

nostormo, Monday, 24 September 2012 22:25 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQH2Kq1QXaI

nostormo, Monday, 24 September 2012 22:27 (six years ago) Permalink

glad there is a new thread for the new album. think this band are underrated.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 05:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Elephant is awesome. I'm pretty unmoved by the rest of it.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 06:46 (six years ago) Permalink

I never expected for one minute to like this band but this isn't bad at all. It's kind of a slavish recreation of a sound but they're pretty good at it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 7 October 2012 18:05 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, i only listened to them recently cos for a long time i presumed the worst. pretty decent but i haven't given the new one a listen yet

Superphysical Resurrection (NickB), Sunday, 7 October 2012 19:07 (six years ago) Permalink

There's an exclusive version from Rough Trade shops. Comes with an extra 5 track cd.

I liked their last one, just been wondering if I need to grab this new thing in the RT version.
Does seem very late era Beatle-y or something similar.

Stevolende, Sunday, 7 October 2012 20:19 (six years ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/30/161354876/first-listen-tame-impala-lonerism
you can hear the lp through on here, not sure for how long. Guardian also had a stream of the lp. plus an article on the band last weekend

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/oct/06/tame-impala-kevin-parker-lonerism?INTCMP=SRCH

Stevolende, Sunday, 7 October 2012 20:22 (six years ago) Permalink

i never cared about this band before i heard "moth wings" by pond; somehow that provided an entry point

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 7 October 2012 21:23 (six years ago) Permalink

i must admit; so far i am down with this

zEUS and Roxanne (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 8 October 2012 03:42 (six years ago) Permalink

saw them live on saturday, crowd was hectic

i think they're going to get pretty popular over the next year or so - at least as far as indie bands go

monotony, Monday, 8 October 2012 07:06 (six years ago) Permalink

i see Pitchfork gave this a 9.0 today. wow, i'm surprised.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 02:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Endors Toi is great! The album is very good

but too retro to put it in my best of the year list

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 05:12 (six years ago) Permalink

This is awesome

something about tragedy?...farce?...Richard Marx? (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 12:15 (six years ago) Permalink

i have only heard some of this but the drummer in this group is the bomb, huh. he is like a modern ringo. on seem like we-.

unprotectable tweetz (schlump), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 15:22 (six years ago) Permalink

i think kevin parker played everything on the album, so that would be him i guess?

Superphysical Resurrection (NickB), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 15:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I picked this album up with "Shields" in HMV's 2 for £15 offer today, which I thought was a pretty decent deal. I loved the first album (excellent soundtrack for driving, I found) so I'm looking forward to the new album. I'll report back when I've had the chance to give it a listen.

Rob M Revisited, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 15:43 (six years ago) Permalink

i like this!

reminds me of a rock band version of manitoba/caribou

rap game klaus nomi (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 19:09 (six years ago) Permalink

i think kevin parker played everything on the album, so that would be him i guess?

yes. and in innerspeaker too

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 03:13 (six years ago) Permalink

reminds me of a rock band version of manitoba/caribou

OTM

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 03:13 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't think this is much of an improvement on Innerspeaker, but that's OK b/c both are great.

Sandy Denny Real Estate (jaymc), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 03:18 (six years ago) Permalink

I do think this is an improvement over the last album, but I can't really articulate my thoughts on why quite yet

something about tragedy?...farce?...Richard Marx? (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 05:08 (six years ago) Permalink

I guess the short answer is that the highs are higher, to these ears at least

something about tragedy?...farce?...Richard Marx? (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 05:09 (six years ago) Permalink

it's better cause the amount of good songs is higher

nostormo, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 07:00 (six years ago) Permalink

i like caribou/manitoba, but i don't get this record. agree that 'elephant' is quite nice however. basically johnny fever otm.

kfb, Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:00 (six years ago) Permalink

"feels like we only go" is pretty good. the rest I have to listen to more.
I know it's been said a thousand times before but I can't help thinking it's lennon singing new songs when I listen to this. it's a weird feeling... but kinda nice !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:32 (six years ago) Permalink

I kind of cringe at the Lennon similarities tbh. But I still love this.

Second to last song with the ridic long title is a standout.

skeevy wonder (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:39 (six years ago) Permalink

OK, I'm totally in love with "feels" now.
and the album is very good. the only tracks I don't like too much so far are the heavy/rock ones ("elephant" and "mind").
the p4k description of the voice is pretty otm : "Jayson Greene described Parker's voice vividly as "like someone trapped John Lennon's vocal take from 'A Day in the Life' in a jar and taught it to sing new songs."

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 13 October 2012 12:56 (six years ago) Permalink

has there been any melody's echo chamber talk? i suppose this is not the place for such.

cw, Sunday, 14 October 2012 19:21 (six years ago) Permalink

The similarity with Lennon is uncanny, but just get over it I guess? The record sounds nice, though not exactly revelatory.

Mule, Sunday, 14 October 2012 20:20 (six years ago) Permalink

I find the introduction of early 80s analogue polysynths to be a big distraction for me, I haven't got to the point where they seem integrated into the sound of the record, they are just getting in the way at the moment. But that could just be me.

Rob M Revisited, Monday, 15 October 2012 06:51 (six years ago) Permalink

more than The Beatles, the album reminds me of Todd Rundgren, esp. the wizard, true star record

nostormo, Friday, 19 October 2012 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

oh, now i see the remix above..

nostormo, Friday, 19 October 2012 22:08 (six years ago) Permalink

I too am getting much more Todd than Beatles.

It's taken a bit of effort but this is beginning to sound like album of the year to me...everything I hoped MPP would be but wasn't.

yugi ex, Saturday, 20 October 2012 23:10 (five years ago) Permalink

fridmann has destroyed this record

bansplain (electricsound), Saturday, 20 October 2012 23:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Well I don't think it sounds like the Beatles actually. I like to think it's the recording of jam sessions Lennon did with some members of pink Floyd, during late night/early morning LSD marathons, between the end of 66 and mid 67 !

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 21 October 2012 10:26 (five years ago) Permalink

the sound is too clean and modern to be recorded at 67

nostormo, Sunday, 21 October 2012 10:58 (five years ago) Permalink

imo the swirling rhythmic stuff they do really elevates what in any other context might be a boring set of songs

really into this record anyway

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 22 October 2012 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Yah I like that there is almost an Escher-like approach to songwriting. I may be wrong about that though.

IMP of the perverse (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I’m really digging this at the moment. I ordered the vinyl yesterday so I’ll be giving it more time soon. I’m kinda surprised because I remember listening to a bit of their debut and not enjoying it at all, finding it too saccharine I think. I’m sure this one isn’t much different in terms of its palate but I chucked it on in the background last week while doing some chores and found myself stopping a few times being wow-ed. Usually I’m on the fence when it comes to anything Dave Fridmann produces (with a few notable exceptions) and this does bear many of his signature sounds but it seems to work here. I just hope it’s not one of these flash in the pan albums that I listen to obsessively for a week then never touch again.

Internet Alan, Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Is it me or the vocals are too low in the mix ? sometimes you can barely hear them (and most of the times I have absolutely no idea what he's saying !)

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:36 (five years ago) Permalink

it's part of the charm i think.
great record.

nostormo, Friday, 26 October 2012 10:58 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's good and it's not a big problem but I think it would have been better if the vocals had been mixed a tiny bit higher. for instance, in the "elephant" remix above, the vocals are clearer and it makes me like the song more than the original !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 26 October 2012 11:45 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

it's retromania, but fuck this is really good.

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Monday, 12 November 2012 17:03 (five years ago) Permalink

just bought this. 2nd "indie" album I've bought in 15 years!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 12 November 2012 18:58 (five years ago) Permalink

anyone have any opinions on the Melody's Echo Chamber album, which I guess was produced by Parker...?

EZee4snappin (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 12 November 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Re-listening to it on headphones to prepare for their show tomorrow in Chicago. The album did take me a few weeks to get into, but I dig it. I was worried about Fridmann's heavy-handed clipped drum sound, but I think he was relatively restrained and did not do the same old thing. The Amazing with members of Dungen are opening.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 12 November 2012 22:31 (five years ago) Permalink

The drum sound is a major reason why it caught my attention. Flaming Lips are one of the few other post 2000 rock acts I've liked. Most "modern" rock I've heard put aside heavy drums and bass, god only knows why.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 12 November 2012 22:53 (five years ago) Permalink

anyone have any opinions on the Melody's Echo Chamber album,

it's vastly better than tame impala

gloveless (electricsound), Monday, 12 November 2012 23:10 (five years ago) Permalink

perhaps I am confusing the potentiality of what I'm hearing with its actuality

that's the way to choke a jiving spirit (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 1 December 2012 05:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Tame Impala have clearly heard those 60s records, but I'd say they're trying to copy the spirit rather than the songs

That's probably fair. They're definitely trying to copy the sound, and yeah probably the spirit too, but I'm not sure they're entirely successful in the latter. The album's enjoyable enough but short on surprises.

Matt DC, Saturday, 1 December 2012 12:17 (five years ago) Permalink

cleared from all the extras surrounding them - the essence of the melodies is very simple and repetitive.

nostormo, Saturday, 1 December 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

and that's the problem of this otherwise fine album

nostormo, Saturday, 1 December 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

"extras"

that's the way to choke a jiving spirit (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 1 December 2012 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

ok nm I think I understood your exact point

that's the way to choke a jiving spirit (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 1 December 2012 20:29 (five years ago) Permalink

the question is do you agree?

nostormo, Saturday, 1 December 2012 22:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I listened to this while drifting of on the train and dreamt it was actually a recording of my band playing. Weirdly I started getting annoyed because of all the mistakes. The one track that did hit the spot was Elephant, which had some neatly cryptic little flourishes but in the whole this is not remarkable music.

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Sunday, 2 December 2012 01:36 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's nice but the songwriting isn't very strong and the whole thing gets a bit boring after a while.
I still like "feels" a lot but I don't really listen to the rest anymore.

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 2 December 2012 09:23 (five years ago) Permalink

otm^

I wish they'd commit either going full-on psych or pop. As it stands, it's a bit unsatisfying. I do love a few of the tracks though.

Darin, Sunday, 2 December 2012 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

I've only just heard this album, and this band, as of yesterday. It's still registering with me so who knows if I'll change my opinion in a few days/weeks/months. I like it. (Album of the year? No, but it's good.) It sort of scratches the same itch that Unknown Mortal Orchestra did last year. A lot of the comments above I would apply to them too.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Are these guys worth seeing live? They came through town a year or so back and I heard bad things. I could definitely see how they would be dodgy and not so good live. However, I'd be curious to see if they've stepped it up since they're getting more high profile. This stuff could be really interesting live if done right.

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 19:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Saw them a couple of months ago and I thought it was fine. I was afraid of something like 2 hours of psychedelic nonsense. But yes not everyone liked it.

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 00:53 (five years ago) Permalink

feels like we only go backwards is a jam

johnny crunch, Sunday, 9 December 2012 04:42 (five years ago) Permalink

this reminds me of my youth. this is 70s prog-rock. i used to love that kind of stuff. but somehow i can't really take symphonic rock serious anymore.

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 9 December 2012 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink

A Tampa lime.

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Sunday, 9 December 2012 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This has got me going from suspicion to "hmm maybe" to, wow this is really great. Elephant hooked me in - sort of a cross between T-Rex and Canned Heat. But 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' and the accompanying video has hooked me. There are little moments in that track, particularly the harmony where the guys sings 'Every part of me says go ahead' that I keep wanting to skip back to.

dog latin, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 11:05 (five years ago) Permalink

The more I hear these guys the more I feel like they're really a seventies power pop band buried under a bunch of modern psychedelic gloss. That's not a bad thing! But half the time when I hear them I think they're Shoes or something.

Uncle Sam is... ...No Daddy! (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 11:14 (five years ago) Permalink

dog latin, I had a similar experience. I went from occasionally streaming it on Spotify to buying the album and listening to it at least once daily for the last three weeks. It's great. "Apocalypse Dreams" is my jam at the moment. "Elephant" is great too, and "Keep on Lying."

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 6 February 2013 05:00 (five years ago) Permalink

So, this is basically Olivia Tremor Control for people born after Nevermind came out, mixed with a healthy dollop of Dungen, right?

Not hating on the retromania (been diggin' Unknown Mortal Orchestra a ton, and, err, Uncle Acid), but...I dunno, guys. Gonna give it a second spin. They've certainly done their psychedelic homework, I'll give 'em that.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:13 (five years ago) Permalink

what's the link with "Nevermind" ?
anyway, I haven't listened to this in a long time... and I don't think I will anytime soon.
basically this album is: a good song + other tracks, for me now.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Two good songs at least - Elephant and FLWOGB. Yes it's retro. It does fit into some sort of continuum that includes Dungen, OTC, White Denim, maybe a bit of Ariel Pink without the cloyingness. I like them when they rock out a bit too. Any "tsk retro" dismissals are pretty lame IMO. I was very suspicious at first, but the guy knows his way around a song when he can be bothered. Pity Lonerism suffers from having far too many aimless drifty bits.

dog latin, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:27 (five years ago) Permalink

See also "Apocalypse Dreams" - great song.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 19 February 2013 15:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I was using Nevermind as a barometer of age, as in the people who will dig this most are the people for whom indie music began with, I dunno, Beach House or something. No aesthetic connection implied.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 15:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I listened to this back to front the other day and, for the most part, it has held up really well. Fridmann's mixing saves it from being just another retro psych record and takes it to the next level.

I think this may be a case where this has crossed over to a more general public thus making some record nerds angry.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

So, this is basically Olivia Tremor Control for people born after Nevermind came out, mixed with a healthy dollop of Dungen, right?

i can see the OTC connection (i'm a fan of OTC) for sure, but tame impala, especially on lonerism, dials down the longish/experimental passages between the poppier stuff.

Z S, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:14 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

THERE ALREADY WAS A BAND CALLED POND

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Loved this album a year ago (ya'll crazy that there are only one or two good songs on it). Burned out on it, though.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

n/a otm

failed gravy (electricsound), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

had that phase too (xpost), but i returned to it lately again. most of it is pretty fucking awesome.
Be Above It and Nothing.. are the highlights imo

nostormo, Monday, 2 September 2013 20:43 (five years ago) Permalink

listened to the whole album last night driving home from a friend's house. i think the drumming is what puts this over the top and separates it from other vaguely retro psych acts.

Treeship, Monday, 2 September 2013 20:45 (five years ago) Permalink

i think the Rundgren's Wizard/star vibe in the production is what makes it special.

There's something quite strange about the drums:
you can actually feel they were recorded separately from the rest.

nostormo, Monday, 2 September 2013 20:49 (five years ago) Permalink

also, sometime i'm daydreaming of a good metal cover to Be Above it. someone gotta do it.

nostormo, Monday, 2 September 2013 20:51 (five years ago) Permalink

that would be sweet. my jam on this album is "why won't they talk to me?" i'd be open to hearing all different sorts of cover versions of that song.

Treeship, Monday, 2 September 2013 21:01 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

heard this today in the hair salon. good stuff!

upthread matt dc said: "It's kind of a slavish recreation of a sound but they're pretty good at it"

just curious - what sound is that?

the late great, Monday, 22 September 2014 18:47 (four years ago) Permalink

The tame impala sound

zip it shrimpy (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:42 (four years ago) Permalink

eh, I think about this album now and then because I work right in front of the garden on the cover !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:33 (four years ago) Permalink

IFLWOGB and Elephant still pop up on shuffle now and again and I always enjoy them. Don't much care for the rest though.

zip it shrimpy (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:37 (four years ago) Permalink

update !

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127354883@N08/15328528021/

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:09 (four years ago) Permalink

I was listening to some songs again (while taking the pictures) and IFLWOGB is still great.
I can't shake the impression of hearing Lennon, though.
His lost jam session with Pink floyd circa 1967 !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:14 (four years ago) Permalink

Nowhere near as sonically inventive or as expansive as '67 Floyd. I like them a lot, though. So glad they've eschewed the gigantic Fender reverb on the vox that so many bands use to mitigate lame singing these days. #getoffmylawn

hardcore dilettante, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:25 (four years ago) Permalink

i hate that effect. just sounds so lazy.

zip it shrimpy (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:26 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

the new pond record 'man it feels like space again' is very entertaining. (the TA offshoot, not the pond from portland.)

gay cat park (disambiguation) (haitch), Monday, 9 February 2015 01:56 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

new single is amazing. a big step up imo

tayto fan (Michael B), Thursday, 12 March 2015 18:18 (three years ago) Permalink

I attempted to get a thread going here: Tame Impala - Forthcoming 3rd LP

Captain Maximus, Friday, 13 March 2015 23:49 (three years ago) Permalink

I feel bad about taking a dump in your thread. The last third of the new track is actually pretty okay.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 13 March 2015 23:51 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Wasn't sure where to post this, but how was that Melody's Echo Chamber EP so slept on this year? It's gorgeous.

Ross, Sunday, 4 December 2016 00:14 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

more than The Beatles, the album reminds me of Todd Rundgren, esp. the wizard, true star record

― nostormo, Friday, October 19, 2012 6:05 PM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^this. the one-man studio jams to the drum sound to the warmly layered analog keys & synths & vocals in places). the instrumentation/arrangements/production makes me think of "Tic Tic Tic, It Wears Off" or the psych-soul of "When the Shit Hits the Fan/Sunset Boulevard". the bass playing is real cool and it really nails that 70s studio aesthetic. none of the songs stick out too much except "Elephant. kind of a horror glam rock song, more like T-Rex. it's incredible but sounds like it's from a totally different album lol.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6CZTDCb7g4

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:45 (eight months ago) Permalink


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