Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Apocalypse Dreams” by Tame Impala from the forthcoming album Lonerism on Modular.
Not waiting too long after their much-buzzed debut, Australian psych rockers Tame Impala announced their return this fall with a highly anticipated sophomore album, Lonerism, due October 9 in the U.S. Based on the two new songs the Perth-based band have released so far, the new album appears to be a sonic expansion from the 2010’s Innerspeaker and opens up a much bigger toolbox for them, full of synths and guitars and drum machines, samples, and everything else they could think of, digital and analogue. On today’s featured song, “Apocalypse Dreams,” the first of the two tracks to be released from the album, guitarist, vocalist and producer Kevin Parker leads listeners on an expansive 6-minute journey, full of enough Beatles-esque melodies, psychedelic effects and swirls, and time signature changes to lose yourself completely… and delivered with such confidence as to reclaim the old Deadhead saw, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Parker certainly knows his way.
Not quite touring just yet, Tame Impala is performing select festivals this summer, including Outside Lands in San Francisco this weekend and a handful of others in South America, before returning home. Undoubtedly, a full tour will follow Lonerism to keep us all company. For now, catch up with the band on their website and Facebook page, and check out the second song to come from Apocalypse Dreams, “Elephant”: