Tame Impala 12.8.2013 @Ljubljana (Kino Šiška)

May 24, 2013

Tame Impala 12.8.2013 @Ljubljana (Kino Šiška)

From an informative point of view, Tame
Impala are Kevin Parker, Dominic Simper, Jay Watson, Nick Allbrook and the most
recent addition, Julien Barbagello. Loosely formed in 2007, their first EP was
released in 2008, followed by the debut album Innerspeaker in 2010 and the
follow up, Lonerism (2012) …

Oh boy. Who are we kidding. You know all of
this. You also know that whether you’re listening to an album, or watching a
live show, Tame Impala is an experience that is completely mindblowing, filled
with simplistic beauty and boundless creativity.
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. Basically, it’s
all about the feeling.
It was the release of Innerspeaker (2010)
that made the globe stand up and take notice of the boys from Perth. It was
thanks in part to its irreverent, contemporary spin on assumedly dead and
forgotten sounds, as well as its unique, infinitely surprising way around a
melody. The album, recorded and produced entirely by Kevin at what is
essentially a treehouse with 180 degree views of the Indian Ocean, a few hours
South West of Perth. With Flaming Lips’ Dave Fridmann on mixing duties and
Death in Vegas’ Tim Holmes at the engineering wheel, the album achieved the
“absolutely explosive” sound that Parker was aiming to reach.
As each single rolled out from “Solitude is
Bliss” to “Lucidity” to “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind”, the world had gone
from standing up and taking notice to jumping up and down with arms flailing
madly. Tours were organized, festival offers came through thick and fast, Jimmy
Fallon called, and the world got to see, instead of just hear, what it was all
After the Innerspeaker whirlwind, the boys
came up for air for a bit. Not long after this, Kevin went into the creative
wormhole and started getting the ideas for album number two from his brain and
onto his trusty home recording set up. Thankfully a portable set up, the album
was recorded around the globe, most prominently in Perth and Paris. Again,
mixed by Dave Fridmann, the end result was Lonerism, gifted to the incredibly
eager world in October 2012.
In Kevin’s own words, Lonerism incorporates
“an expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced
narrative perspective.” The songwriting is as joyously screwy as ever.
Songs swerve when you expect them to duck, and turn themselves instead out when
you expect them to straighten out, there’s so many melodic curveballs, it’s
marvellously dizzying. It’s lyrically sweet and casual, it’s relaxed but deadly
serious at times, and best of all, deeply amorous.
“Be Above It” 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 the album into a
dense, ecstatic brew of utopian proportions.
So excited was the globe for Lonerism that
the outcome was a phenomenal sold out world tour at the end of 2012. If we pull
out the calculator – that’s 29 cities, 33 dates and over 45,000 punters soaking
up the mindblowing bliss that is a Tame Impala show. And that’s not including
So in demand are these dudes, that yet
another world tour is kicking off in February, with the majority of the huge
string of dates already sold out.
Lonerism has received worldwide praise and
endorsements from fellow artists and celebs, and has garnered all star ratings
from industry and tastemakers, including perhaps the most heartmelting accolade
of them all, the adorable kids of PS22 covering “Feels Like We Only Go
Please keep your arms and legs inside the
ride at all times. Clearly, we’ll be continuing on this wild journey for some
Lonerism Accolades
• #1 NME Album of the Year (UK)
• #1 Triple J Album of the Year (Aus)
• #1 Filter Magazine Top 10 Albums of 2012

• #1 Rolling Stone Album of the Year (Aus)
• #6 in The Guardian’s 2012 Album Poll (UK)
• #11 Uncut’s Albums of the Year (UK)

• #11 Stereogum’s 50 Best Albums of the
Year (USA)

• #12 MOJO’s Album list (UK)

• #26 Spin Magazine 50 Best Albums of 2012
• #7 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 – “Elephant”
• #9 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 – “Feels
Like We Only Go Backwards”

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