‘The Less I Know the Better’ was released by Tame Impala towards the end of 2015. Selected as the third single off the album Currents, the song flows from Kevin Parker’s love of “dorky disco”.
‘Sweep Me Off My Feet’ will feature on Pond’s forthcoming psychedelic offering Man It Feels Like Space Again, which arrives in “early 2017”. Once again, sometime bandmate Kevin Parker is heavily involved, producing the album to obvious sound effect. Pond and Kevin Parker are becoming one.
As we emerge from a wet weekend, I use the tenuous opportunity to segue the ‘The Whale’. Off the ELO’s unreal gatefold album Out Of The Blue, this ambient track feels forever current with its Tame Impala-style trippy disco, vocoder sounds and electronic funk. Jeff Lynne, you are an unlikely genius. Have a great week.
Western Australia has given us its fair share of quality electronica – Empire of the Sun and Tame Impala to name but a couple. Methyl Ethel added their name to the list with last year’s album release Oh Inhuman Spectacle. The off-key androgyny of Jake Webb’s vocals give ‘Idee Fixe’ added credentials. One part The War on Drugs, one part Animal Collective, one part Methyl Ethel.
‘I Follow You’ opens Melody’s Echo Chamber’s eponymous debut album. And what a start it is too – lush guitar hook, melancholic vocals and an overtly psychedelic production. It may sound a little bit like Lush, but this is in fact the musical collision of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and My Bee’s Garden’s Melody Prochet. The result was Melody’s Echo Chamber and the collaboration was more than just musical.
Somewhat unusually, I feature the same band two weeks in a row. But their new single ‘Let It Happen’ is worth it. No lead guitars from the usually psychedelic Tame Impala. At eight minutes long, singer-songwriter Kevin Parker instead delivers a disco workout. Have a great weekend.
Tame Impala may be a psych-rock outfit, but ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ always had the potential for a broader audience. It found it through a number of covers, but the band itself were accused of plagiarising Pablo Ruiz’s song ‘Océano’. In this case, the event of unconscious plagiarism feels like a modern hazard.
Damien Jurado has been around the block. But gone is the sound of pure americana and arrived is something far more interesting – Latin drums, some rich Tropicália psychedelics and otherworldly vocals. He has been working with Richard Swift of The Shins – and it shows. ‘Silver Timothy’ features on his new album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Damien Jurado meets Tame Impala – who would have thought it? Have a good week.
Psychedelic rocksters Pond unveiled album Beard, Wives, Denim to much acclaim in 2012, particularly once critics had heard ‘You Broke My Cool’. Like the rest of the album, the single was recorded in 2010, and builds on the breakthrough of Tame Impala‘s 2010 debut long player Innerspeaker. The band shares two members with Tame Impala and many friends, it seems – the splitscreen video was shot by some mates over the two weeks they spent in and around Perth recording the album.
Today, it’s another noisy Parker (Kevin), his band Tame Impala, and just an importantly, Dave Fridmann on the knob twiddling. Producer Fridmann’s CV includes The Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse and MGMT, and Australia’s space rocksters benefit from its full force on ‘Apocalypse Dreams’. Taken from from the band’s recent album Lonerism, it’s an epic piece of psychedelia, full of sun-bleached melodies, fuzzy prog and Revolver-esque treatment. A recent review eulogised the long player’s “pedal-tastic reverb-flanging-Echoplexed-backwards-fuzzboz FX”. Extraordinarily irresistible. Have a great weekend.