10 oct. 2012

Tame Impala: Lonerism

review[-]by Gregory Heaney There's a better than decent chance that, no matter where you are, Perth, Australia is pretty far away, a fact that pretty much makes Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker an isolated pop genius' isolated pop genius. Working mostly by himself, Parker mines this solitude with brilliant results on Tame Impala's sophomore effort, Lonerism. Diving headfirst into the realm of pop music, the way Parker uses keyboards to explore more traditional melodies makes the album feel like the McCartney to Innerspeaker's Lennon, blending the familiar with the far out to craft a Revolver-esque psych-pop experience. This shift from the guitar-heavy sound of the debut to a more synthed-out approach gives the album a more expansive feeling, allowing Parker to explore new textures through layer after layer of melody. As with Innerspeaker, sonic architect Dave Fridmann handles the mixing, and though he wasn't involved in the recording process, Lonerism definitely shares the producer's knack for using the space as an instrument in and of itself. This layering of not just sounds, but environments, creates a serene and lonely patchwork of sound, texture, and atmosphere that's a pleasure to explore, offering something different with every journey into its swirling haze of classic pop melody and modern, more experimental, construction. Most importantly, the partnership allows Fridmann to help shape Tame Impala's wild, starry-eyed ambition into something enveloping and accessible, a trick he's performed for the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev again and again. This combination gives Lonerism the best of both worlds, allowing it the creative freedom to emerge as one of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined.

1 comentario:

  1. El nuevo disco de los Tame Impala "Lonerism" ya está disponible en Spotify.
    En las primeras escuchas me ha parecido un disco interesante pero menos que su anterior "Innerspeaker" del 2010, si en este la psicodélia se unía bien con la composición de los temas , en este nuevo disco la producción se sobrepone demasiado y en ciertos momentos hay en demasía una sobresaturación de efectos , reverberaciones y otros artilugios que llegan a tapar el tema en sí.En "Lonerism"los Tame Impala me suenan más a Stone Roses o a Ride que ha Grateful Dead o Jefferson Airplane. Por cierto el single "Elephant" hubiera encajado perfectamente en el nuevo disco de Jack White.