By Ericka Ruiz |Staff Writer|
Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala is back to introduce their sophomore album Lonerism on October 9.
The band is composed of five talented members: Kevin Parker on lead guitar and vocals, Jay Watson on drums, Dominic Simper on synthesizer, Nick Albrook on bass and their newest member, Julien Barbagallo on backing vocals.
Their music is a mixture of psychedelic rock and indie rock with an almost dream-like mantra. Tame Impala wants to be considered, “A steady flowing psychedelic rock band that emphasizes a dream like melody,” according to todayonline.com.
In 2010 when Tame Impala’s first album, Innerspeaker came out, “It received numerous awards, both home and abroad and was even named a Rolling Stone album of 2010,” according to Quietus.com. With so much success from their first album, the band has a high expectancy to follow through for their fans.
The production of the album took place in Paris, France and one of the songs was given a French name,”Endors Toi,” meaning “go to sleep.”
The beginning of the album starts with a song named “Gotta Be Above It.” Unfortunately, the first song was truly disappointing because of its weak start.
In the first couple of seconds on the track,I enjoyed the vocals whispering “Gotta be above it, Gotta be above it…” but after hearing it continuously throughout the whole track, it became very disturbing and pointless.
With the release date scheduled, Lonerism has had a couple of singles for the public to preview. The album features twelve tracks, and their first single “Elephant,” was out this past July. “Elephant,” is by far a true single and a favorite.
The beats in “Elephant” features drums that realistically sound like an elephant is stomping towards the listener. Lyrics for the song are minimal, but they make sense and are easy to follow,“Shaking his big trunk strong, for the hell of it,“ refers to someone with a big, strong, and confident ego.
Another song that was recently released and enjoyable to the ears was, “Apocalypse Dreams.” This song is created by beats that intermingle with each other, creating an illusion as if you were dreaming. The lyrics in the song seem like the narrator is in a relationship with a girl, but it’s also confusing because he says, “He woke up from a bad dream, with the girl of his dreams.”
Regardless of what the intentions of the lyrics were, the sound that was created by the track made up for the true meaning.
As you continue listening to the album, Parker’s voice resembles a throwback to the 1960s rock band, The Beatles. Parker’s voice resembles John Lennons’. You can hear it clearly in their tracks, such as “Feels like we only go backwards.” That distinguished voice that Parker has will only continue to gain fame from his present and future fans.