In 2010 Tame Impala hit the indie rock scene with a bang. The band, which is based in Perth, Australia, brought back shades of a forgotten era of music. So what is their best work so far? Let's get right into it.
1) "Elephant" from Lonerism (2012)
Psychedelic heavily gained guitar drives this song forward and evokes shades of The Flaming Lips and The Black Keys. The song feels like stroll through a psychedelic forest in the middle of the day. A simple beat pulls the song forward along with the driving guitar. Best line: "He pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac. Cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back. He talks like his opinion is a simple fact."
2) "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" from Lonerism (2012)
Heavily reverbed vocals are surrounded by the atmospheric synth as this song transports you to never never land. This is one of those songs with a melody line that will get stuck in your head for days. The bass line provides activity and movement as most of the song cycles through relatively smooth sounds. The harmony lines as well as the bass line merit a tip of the hat to The Beatles. This song may be more psychedelic than The Beatles, but other than the style it is clearly heavily influenced by their style.
3) "Half Full Glass Of Wine" from Innerspeaker (2010)
At risk of making one too many comparisons between Tame Impala and other bands, this song sounds like it came right out of the 60's and could have been a Rolling Stones tune or a Kinks song. The simple structure and guitar sound will take you back in time.
4) "Mind Mischief" from Lonerism (2012)
This song is about the sexual angst of a young man and all of the associated feelings. Favorite line from the song: "She remembers my name. Could be blown way out, way out. It's all going to change. She remembers my name." I mean, haven't we all been there?
5) "Apocalypse Dreams" from Lonerism (2012)
The guitar in this song acts like a vocal harmony line as it twists and turns in and out of the melody. As usual, the song features heavy reverb on the vocals and atmospheric synth setting the scene for most of the song. The song is fairly philosophical and expresses the band's views on life. "Nothing ever changes, no matter how long you do your hair."
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