Tame Impala debut “Let It Happen”


Tame Impala’s follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-nominated masterpiece “Lonerism” is on the way and we now have a taste of what the band’s third album, “Currents,” might sound like.

“Let It Happen” is a psychedelic, multi-part, progressive rock epic, a song that fulfills band leader Kevin Parker’s intimation that their upcoming release would feature a heavier emphasis on synthesizers and electronically manipulated sounds, which appears to be the zeitgeist of contemporary alternative music—from Alabama Shakes to Mumford & Sons. Recorded in the group’s native Freemantle, Australia, Parker said that “Let It Happen” is about “finding yourself always in this world of chaos and all this stuff going on around you and always shutting it out because you don’t want to be part of it. But at some point, you realize it takes more energy to shut it out than it does to let it happen and be a part of it.” The first official single from Tame Impala’s new album, the syrupy funk ballad “Cause I’m a Man” is also available now.

Tame Impala recently rocked a captivated audience at Coachella, and they are coming to Nashville and performing at Ryman Auditorium with Mini Mansions on May 11.

Written by Grant Gilbard



Flaming Lips Cover Tame Impala’s “Elephant”

The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala started their creative collaboration in 2012 with Heady Fwendswith. They’ve already announced the release of an EP where they’ll cover each other’s songs.  What do you think of The Flaming Lips cover of “Elpehant”?  Watch the video below.


Tame Impala – Elephant

tame impalaTame Impala make psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music(official bio?).  It’s intended for moving one’s body to, and it’s intended for keeping still and observing other forms of movement. It’s bombastic but it’s swirling, think of the shoulder bones of a giant striding feline creature through some kind of tunnel. If Tame Impala’s music reminds you of what you’d want to put on when you next visit your mind’s engine room then they’re happy. If not, whatever, it’s just music. Put it on when the sun next shines. Basically it’s all about the feeling

Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson. Kevin and Dom have been musical companions for a good 9 years, having met at music class in high school at age 13, sometime after Kevin had began honing his primitive self recording skills as a way of putting tune to his newly learned drum beats. They found Jay sometime last year in rural Western Australia and admired his groovebrain and corresponding wrist movement. By stroke of luck he was moving to Perth with another band and this allowed them to jam.

The Tame Impala sound is one equally informed by The Beatles as it is beat poetry, by Turkish prog as it is by Turkish delight, and by English folk as much as homeless folk, and it’s a breathe of fresh air that reeks of all of these at times and none at others.

Anyway, the band still enjoy recording music at home and getting up on the roof when weather permits. With the songs-vat (the apparatus used for storing songs) showing weakness and beginning to split at the seams, it’s lucky they have secured a recording deal. An EP of home recordings is due out sometime soon.

The EP is 5 tracks of untamed enthusiasm and unexpected delight. Beginning with Desire Be, Desire Go’s endlessly looping, loose groove verses, to Slide Through My Fingers rollicking desert trip of a journey, Half Full Glass Of Wine’s half-speed double-awesome riffing, 41 Mosquitoes Flying In Formation’s unstoppable shake and Skeleton Tiger’s marching band drums and haunting lead guitar, the Tame Impala EP is a beautiful snapshot into what lies within this beast.


Indie Underground Playlist on 11-05-12

Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio

Indie Underground Hour 11-05-12
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Windshield Smasher (Cobra Juicy, Rad Cult)
Tame Impala – Mind Mischief (Lonerism, Modular Recordings)
Titus Andronicus – In A Big City (Local Business, XL Recordings)
Joe Strummer – Arms Aloft (Streetcore, Hellcat Records)
Kopecky Family Band – Heartbeat (Kids Raising Kids, self-released)
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Some Time Alone, Alone (Melody’s Echo Chamber, Fat Possum)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Born In Ontario (Psychedelic Pill, Reprise)
Lee Hazlewood – A House Safe For Tigers (A House Safe For Tigers, LITA)
Madi Diaz – Talk To Me (We Threw Our Hearts In The Fire, Small Horse Records)
Lavender Diamond – I Don’t Recall (Incorruptible Heart, Paracadute Records)
Dum Dum Girls – Season In Hell (End Of Daze, Sub Pop)
Neil Halstead – Tied To You (Palindrome Hunches, Brushfire Records)
Menahan Street Band – Everyday A Dream (The Crossing, Daptone Records)


Indie Underground Playlist for 10-15-12

Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio

Indie Underground Hour 10-15-12
Benjamin Gibbard
w/ Aimee Mann – Bigger Than Love (Former Lives, Barsuk)
Lord Huron – Time To Run (Lonesome Dreams, I Am Sound Records)
Smoke & Jackal – No Tell (Smoke & Jackal, RCA)
The Helio Sequence – October (Negotiations, Sub Pop)
Matt & Kim – Let’s Go (Lightning, Fader Label)
Hospitality – Friends Of Friends (Hospitality, Merge)
Tame Impala – Elephant (Lonerism, Modular Recordings)
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Be Proud Of Your Kids (Melody’s Echo Chamber, Fat Possum)
Taken By Trees – Dreams (Other Worlds, Secretly Canadian)
Menomena – Giftshoppe (Moms, Barsuk)
Joe Strummer – Redemption Song (Streetcore, Hellcat Records)
R.E.M. – Strange (Document expanded reissue, IRS Records/Capitol)


Indie Underground Playlist for 10-8-12

Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio

Indie Underground Hour 10-08-12
– Madness (The 2nd Law, Warner Bros)
The Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours (Wolf’s Law, Atlantic)
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams (Lonerism, Modular Recordings)
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Endless Shore (Melody’s Echo Chamber, Fat Possum)
Beth Orton – Magpie (Sugaring Season, Anti-)
Mumford & Sons – Babel (Babel, Glassnote)
Tift Merritt – Sweet Spot (Traveling Alone, YepRoc)
Wanda Jackson – California Stars (Unfinished Business, Sugar Hill)
Bill Fay w/ Jeff Tweedy – This World (Life Is People, Dead Oceans)
Ultraista – Smalltalk (Ultraista, Temporary Residence)
Moon Duo – Circles (Circles, Sacred Bones Records)
Bobbie Gentry – He Made A Woman Out Of Me (Country Funk 1969-75, Light In The Attic) 


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