Welcome back, you may be asking yourself (although you’re more than likely not), what is the objective of a artist profile? There’s several…I’ll write these in hopes that you discover a new artist that you come to deeply admire and follow closely after hearing some select songs. –OR–…you may have already heard of them. In fact, you knew about them before they were semi-famous! Congratulations, if that is the case, my aim is to provide you with my take on them, introduce you to songs by them you may not be familiar with, and of course open the floor to discussion on the band being reviewed.
I’ll do my best not to make all of these artists profiles posts love-fests where I gush on and on about how all these bands and songs have changed me forever. No, I will try to add in some more critical reviews of artists that I believe are getting too much hype. But I’m not going to throw too many stones as I have little musical experience myself. I have no idea the amount of work that goes into just learning to play an instrument well much less write an entire song. We’ll go ahead and assume it is a lot, not an insurmountable amount, but still probably a lot.
Onto Tame Impala. Some bands have a break-in period with me where I need multiple listens of a few different songs before I become invested in them. Not Tame, was all about them as soon as I heard “Elephant.” This psychedelic group from Australia sounds very Zeppelin-like (not a huge Zeppelin fan, myself, interestingly enough) but they also pour on the synths to produce a classic rock yet, trance like sound. I wouldn’t think those two would go together very well but in this case, I am dead wrong. We’ll start ‘er off with “Elephant,” the track on Lonerism that has received the most airplay. It starts of like a something you’d hear off of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album from 1970. After only a few verses, the meat and potatoes of the songs kicks in and you experience the trance and hypno qualities of the song. Eventually, the more electronic instruments come in and merges the more classic sound with something almost MGMT-like for a spectacular finale (starts at 2:18). Enjoy!
It only gets better, my friends. I love bands that don’t follow the basic hit song composition of 2 sets of verse-bridge-chorus followed by a middle 8 and then one final rendition of a chorus and an outro. Tame Impala does that approximately 0% of the time and it’s so refreshing. “Endors Toi” is up next. A song that is almost entirely an intro, and a great one at that. When the lyrics finally arrive, they’re gone again before you know it. And I, for one, have already been blown away by everything else that has happened up until that point. This really makes me relish what little singing occurs in this song. Give her a whirl and please leave me your opinion on this quirky little number.
The final song I will post of Tame Impala is a goodie off of their last album, InnerSpeaker. “Solitude is Bliss” Can’t say I agree with them but the terrific lyrics and beats make a pretty good case. I interpret the meaning of this song as…”we’re tame impala, you’ll never be as cool/hipster as us, we’re fine with just chilling by lonesome, deal with it.” I mean, just look at the way one of the members wears his jacket in the picture at the top of the page. Nobody who gave even the tiniest fuck about what others thought about him would wear his jacket like that. Personally, I think it’s a rather moronic way to wear a jacket but does he care, not one iota. Ok, I need to stop talking. Enjoy “Solitude is Bliss”