don't you tell me how i feel.

i vant to be alone by v
October 16, 2012, 10:20 am
Filed under: badass, New music, New Shit That Sounds Old, Shit I love

Two summers ago, Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker was a permanent fixture on my iPod — it was one of the first records I’d heard in years that borrowed liberally from classic rock and psychedelia but somehow sidestepped any cheesiness or posturing. That humility is a critical part of their appeal, and it’s increasingly apparent on their follow-up, Lonerism — an exploration of solitude and general life uncertainty.

Maybe it’s his kinda wistful/kinda numb delivery, maybe it’s his self-aware lyrics, but Tame Impala mastermind/singer Kevin Parker never comes across as the typical angsty rock guy who needs fixing. When he dreamily laments that “Everything is changing, and there’s nothing I can do,” on “Apocalypse Dreams,” he doesn’t seem to be asking for help — just stating the facts. On Innerspeaker, we got hints of Parker’s solo tendencies, but on the new record, he’s coming out as a Lonerist — and we reap the benefits.

Have a listen.


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I had never givenTame Impala a chance because they seemed too popular and too big a deal, and such things tend to be of questionable quality. But this album is splendid.

Comment by Eric

right on

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