Sunday Suggestion – Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss

A lot of people fell in love with Tame Impala with Lonerism last year with the refined use of distortion and reverb along with excellent use of space and soundscapes. It was a inconceivable piece of neo-psychedelica and for me the best album of 2012. It’s no wonder that many have jumped on board now. However, for me it was the Innerspeaker album that really got me excited about Tame Impala back in 2010. The sound was a little cleaner and there was less emphasis on the waves of sound from Lonerism. Elements were more distinguishable and the structure more apparent. You could still appreciate the small bursts of modulated sounds and the echo of Kevin Parkers vocal. ‘Solitude Is Bliss’ is evocative of what is a skilful debut album from them. The song broken up and structured around the intervals from the distorted rhythm guitar that fades in with the crashing cymbals. The bass has an excellent tuneful quality about it that drives through the verses and even has a melodic feel to it. Kevin’s vocals are stretched across all the other elements so effortlessly. The slight wind down in the music allows for a great kick back into the chorus. The song churns and elbows it’s way around to a fantastic conclusion while maintaining the fundamentals of rhythm and melody.

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