Hardly synonymous with warm fuzzy psychedelia, Australia, more noted for exuberant and over the top rock n roll has had a plethora of exports only too eager to go down this well-traveled route. Things may be about to change with the arrival of Tame Impala’s dazzling debut Innerspeaker.
On a first listen the expansive nature can be slightly overwhelming especially the vast nods of respect to past greats from 60’s Britpop to American psychedelia giving it a slightly vintage feel yet it still manages to remain fresh, vibrant and alive; no mean feat at all. For the most part the album is a beautiful blend of sunshine vibes, meandering melodic sensibilities (akin to The Bees) and raw fuzzy hooks and riffs, all perfectly complemented by Kevin Parkers eerie vocals meeting every melodic turn or rhythmic surge.
The overarching cohesiveness of this album demonstrates a real sense of control throughout. It avoids unneeded tangents or self-indulgence and other pitfalls which would obstruct the albums grander. This record couldn’t have been released at a better time, the perfect companion for sunshine filled summer days (and nights).
Mp3: Tame Impala – Desire Be, Desire Go