Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss (Modular Records)
July 11, 2011
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Tame Impala have been taking up space on music forums for a good while now. Their debut album Innerspeak was released last year, charting at number 4 on the Australian ARIA chart and winning a few awards for good measure. They have also garnered quite a celebrity following with the likes of Noel Fielding and Alexa Chung taking a keen interest, along with respected musicians such as Alison Mosshart and Noel Gallagher (and the less-respected, including Kasabian).
On ‘Solitude is Bliss’, vocalist Kevin Parker sings of "# a party in my head and no one is invited #" and having a "# body that my mind can leave #", suggesting this could be about a drug trip rather than mere escapism as the title suggests. Both ideas certainly fit the music as Nick Allbrook’s playful bassline grooves along with the dreamy melodies in a slice of Beatles-esque psychedelia. Essentially it’s a record Oasis have wanted to make for years but have failed to do. However, there are more ideas going on here than the brothers Gallaghers and company could ever have mustered. This isn’t anything groundbreaking, but there’s enough to warrant checking out the album.
words: Ste Grindrod