November 7, 2012

Tame Impala - Lonerism

I took a while to get to this album because I really do love the first. Their debut, Innerspeaker, is still one of my most heard albums. Why take the risk of ruining their sound with a second album?

I shouldn't have been negative, because this one shows what their sound is all about. Psychedelic Prog with zesty Sci-Fi sounds for good measure.

Today's track, Apocalypse Dreams, shows a similar sound for the fans, but it also shows that they're less laid-back with the approach and that they're capable of slightly more complicated and equally well produced music.

Give it a listen.


It's a bit of a lengthy track, sure, but it'll give you a great idea of what the album is like. A pretty happy feeling, echoing vocals, and well timed use of various instruments.

The base is a Psychedelic sound, and I'm glad they kept that clear. Where they managed to upgrade a bit was with the tempo and the changes. It's got a nice Prog feel to it that doesn't go over the top but makes the song really stand out.

Pare that up with a falsetto and use of some catchy chords here and there and you get a great view on the whole album. However, that doesn't mean it's all gonna sound the same.

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The album is as complete as any album should be. It's very well produced, timed, and balanced. There's the occasional off track like Elephant that shed a different beam of light entirely, and even then it all synchronizes perfectly.

The only problem I really have with the album is that I can't decide if it's as good or better than its predecessor. It's troubling in the sense that usually in the music world, every album after the first is a step-down from par. It's just hard for me to believe my ears.

But I'm sure everyone will have their own opinions, so if you liked Apocalypse Dreams I recommend at the very least finding a stream for the album to listen for yourself. It'll be worth it.

5 comments:

  1. I love psychedelic acid rock man so this stuff is simply phenomenal in my opinion, love this stuff and I've bookmarked this page so I can go back tomorrow and get some of their stuff, it's so good!

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  2. Yeah they are cool. Obviously very much inspired by trippy era Beatles, but that's a good thing.

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    1. That's a lot more obvious on their debut than on this one. I'm glad it's still there at all, though.

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  3. Yeah, they've got the roots of original psychedelic music still here and I really like this. I listened to Elephant as well and it's got a different texture, but still clearly the same band. Diggin this stuff D4.

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  4. I like what they're going for though this particular song didn't really grab me in as much as I'd like.

    I think I'll check out their other album and go from there.

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