Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Solitude Is Bliss” Tame Impala from the 2010 album Innerspeaker on Modular Recordings.
Were you one of those people that really got into that last Animal Collective record? Were you obsessively repeating “My Girls” on every audio device at your disposal? If so then I suggest you take a looky at the latest offering from Perth, Australia’s Tame Impala. This psychedelic quartet hailing from down under strikes a chord (many chords in fact) that will likely resonate with fans of the experimental resurgence -- dubbed the “New Weird America Movement” -- that has catapulted bands like Yeasayer, Liars and Ponytail to indie-rock prominence.
Formed from the basic components of front man Kevin Parker’s previous band The Dee Dee Dums, Tame Impala is a self-described “groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody.” Following a couple of well-received EP’s ( Tame Impala[H.I.T.S.] & Tame Impala EP ) and a US tour in support of MGMT the band has finally dropped its first proper LP, Innerspeaker.
Today’s track, “Solitude is Bliss,” and the album as a whole is a spacey pastiche of 60’s psychedelic guitar sounds that when coupled with echoey vocals seems to propel the listener into the kind of trance that once caused an army of folks to avoid showers and deodorant entirely. There are hints of the funky 70’s floating around here too. The strength and urgency of Dominic Simper’s iconic bass line coupled with Jay Watson’s meticulous drumming creates a sort of common airspace through which Parker’s reclusive vocals, guitars and synths constantly flutter. The end result is an interesting blend of then and now. Tame Impala throws back without ripping, lacing swirled psychedelia with pop hooks made by modern minds with modern machinery.
Unless you’re in New York or Los Angeles, Tame Impala won’t be coming near you in the near future. Hopefully, you caught them when they played Sasquatch, filling in for the band Yes Gigantes, but if not, they’ll likely do a proper tour of their own later in the year. Keep an eye on their MySpace page for tour updates. For now, here’s the official video for today’s Song of the Day: