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Are Tame Impala on the vergeof something huge?

Gotye may’ve led the Aussie Invasion 2.0, but Tame Impala may well become the INXS to his Men At Work.

The Perth psychedelic outfit’s second album Lonerism has spent the past week picking up rave reviews from the international press and more celebrity endorsements than a Louis Vuitton handbag.

Over in the UK, The Guardian has awarded the album a perfect score, while the notoriously jaded NME and Pitchfork have agreed on a score of 9/10 (or 9.0 to use the Pitchfork scale). Hell, even Buzzfeed have jumped bandwagon listing Tame Impala as one of the “10 Awesome Musicians You Might’ve Overlooked”.

While Gotye was aided by celebrity endorsements from Katy Perry, Lily Allen and Ashton Kutcher, and Melbourne’s Twerps caught the eye of Jessica Alba, Tame Impala can now count Mark Ronson, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Edward Droste and Daniel Rossen from Grizzly Bear, Graham Coxon from Blur and Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub among their admirers in the “Twittersphere”. Even The Fratellis’ bassist Barry Fratelli (remember them?) has chimed in to declare that Tame Impala offer “a glimmer of hope in these weird times!!” High praise indeed.

But don’t just take their word for it. Lonerism – our feature album this week – was described by FL reviewer Doug Wallen as “well-executed escapism”, receiving an 8/10 (or 8.0 on the Pitchfork scale). It’s out now through Modular/Universal.

Speaking to FL recently, frontman Kevin Parker spoke of his unique approach to production and recording. “I really wouldn’t know where the artist role ends and the producer role begins. For me, it’s kind of just making a song. I wouldn’t really know what a producer does with Tame Impala, because it all just happens in one big blob of expression. To let someone else produce it would just be weird. For me, it’s all just one big job.”

Tame Impala are touring in December. Dates here.

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Oflick

Oflick said on the 12th Oct, 2012

I hope they become huge worldwide. Going by their first two albums, they deserve it if it happens.

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Oct, 2012

Everyone get ready their "I remember watching them play to 5 people and a wash cloth" responses before they become too popular in 3, 2, 1 aannnndd...

nickrah

nickrah said on the 12th Oct, 2012

kevin is a genius, but there is no way that tame impala is a second coming of gotye. even if kevin parker/ tame impala gets all the praise from celebrities, the celebrities who are listed actually have some 'credibility', and those who know about those celebrities or whatever you'll call them are already most likely to have heard of tame impala, or have a taste in music that doesn't find them boring or so out of their comfort zone.

anyway, them getting big is exactly what should happen because they deserve every single bit of praise they get.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 12th Oct, 2012

Is it cool to hate them yet?

batdan

batdan said on the 12th Oct, 2012

I was cool after their first album.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 12th Oct, 2012

From what I've heard, this may just be a dirty dirty rumour, the 'something huge' is in Jose's trousers.

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Oct, 2012



Yeah but that's mainly because the season premiere for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is about to air

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Oct, 2012



Fucking liar, you've never been cool.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 12th Oct, 2012

30000 posts coming up MAB. Anything special planned?

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Oct, 2012

That's for me to know and for you to acoustic follow-up to 20,000 Posts Under the Sea entitled 20,000 Posts Under the Sea 2: Post Harder, Electric Boogaloo.

I mean, "find out."

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 12th Oct, 2012

I expect alot more chill vibes on my tribute song on this one. Something about how I'm super awesome and get heaps of bitchez would be nice.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Oct, 2012

Tylercore! 2: This TIme, It's Sensual

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 12th Oct, 2012

tyler, you already got a song. back of the line, buddy.

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Oct, 2012

Gumbouy should have a song entirely with lyrics from pingu.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 12th Oct, 2012

That's for me to know and for you to acoustic follow-up to 20,000 Posts Under the Sea entitled 20,000 Posts Under the Sea 2: Post Harder, Electric Boogaloo.

I mean, "find out."

You should feature me on it. I'll put a few keyboard tracks over a song if you'd be willing to let me. You could always can it if you thought it was shit.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 12th Oct, 2012



Turn that 'n' to an 'x' and then we're cooking.

Alfonzo

Alfonzo said on the 12th Oct, 2012

I'm not a big fan, but when I start talking to randoms at gigs over here in US, they will invariably bring Tame Impala up as their example to show me they know an Australian band. People over here have very little clue about Australian music, maybe a handful of acts they could name if lucky, and Tame Impala is one of those they know.

They've got good marketing/PR/hype people behind them, getting them reviewed by Pitchfork and stuff like that. With good reviews then they will be pretty big in the US.

grattan

grattan said on the 12th Oct, 2012

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grattan

grattan said on the 14th Oct, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GPGiJCzSK4

grattan

grattan said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Updated with love from Tyler the Creator, Diplo, and Flying Lotus.

Everybody on board!

Gnarkid

Gnarkid said on the 17th Oct, 2012

happy for them, but seriously a 9 out of 10 for their new album!? i mean they're good amongst the tripe that get airplay today, but they don't rack up the kudos for originality in my books. nevertheless great songwriting and hope they smash it. peter harvey...canberra.

grattan

grattan said on the 20th Dec, 2012

Owning the year:

#1 NME Album of the Year (UK)
#1 Urban Outfitters Album of the Year (USA)
#1 Filter Magazine Top 10 Albums of 2012 (USA)
#1 Chicago Sun-Times / Sound Opinions’ Jim DeRogatis’ Albums of 2012 (USA)
#1 Loud and Quiet Magazine Album of the Year (UK)
#1 Street Press Australia Writers’ Poll Album of the Year (AUS)
#1 FasterLouder Album of the Year (AUS)
#2 Mess + Noise Critics Poll (AUS)
#2 Acclaim! Albums of the Year (CAN)
#3 News Limited National HIT Entertainment liftout Best Albums of 2012 (AUS)
#3 The Music Network’s Top 20 Albums of 2012 (AUS)
#6 The Guardian Best Albums of 2012 (UK)
#10 The Sunday Times Albums of the Year (UK)
#11 Uncut's Albums of the Year (UK)
#11 Stereogum's 50 Best Albums of the Year (USA)
#12 MOJO's Album list (UK)
#13 Clash Best Albums of 2012 (UK)
#21 BBC Music Albums of The Year (UK)
#26 Spin Magazine 50 Best Albums of 2012 (USA)
Best International Band at the Artrocker Awards (UK)

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 20th Dec, 2012

well even pond the side project sell out the metro, i'm betting next tour will be enmore for them and that's just a side band

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 20th Dec, 2012

Owning the year:

#1 Urban Outfitters Album of the Year (USA)



Surely that is the most coveted title of them all.

I wonder if the prize is a lifetime supply of chinos?

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 20th Dec, 2012

Urban Outfitters is so mainstream - I want to know who wins American Apparel's "Blank Stare Into The Distance, Err, Album Of The Year."

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2012

http://assets.diylol.com/hfs/3a0/a43/a6d/resized/oblivious-hipster-meme-generator-got-this-shirt-at-goodwill-for-2-then-spent-99-on-this-beanie-at-american-apparel-4b091e.jpg

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 20th Dec, 2012

they've dropped down to 4th on the Metacritic compilation.

tragic

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 20th Dec, 2012



It's interesting that people call Pond a side project.
It's not at all, they're a completely different band.

Tame Impala is Kevin Parker and the other guys are pretty much session musicians for the live show.
Pond is Joe, Jay and Nick.
They're just associated with each other but, essentially, are independent of each other creatively.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2012

Isn't Pond all the members of Tame Impala playing different instruments plus a dude from the Silents?

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 20th Dec, 2012

guess the pond fanclub found the thread

shazie

shazie said on the 20th Dec, 2012



A domesticated antelope.

Balthazar B

Balthazar B said on the 20th Dec, 2012

Isn't Tame Impala the remaining Nirvana dudes and a wrinkly Beatle ?

Mitchhh464

Mitchhh464 said on the 20th Dec, 2012

Isnt it an old old wooden acoustic guitar used in the civil war era?