Experimental vibes pluck the air

Ariana Beedie

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Right now, I would have to say we are in an age of good music. I had honestly given up on new music for quite some time. I finally learned to find the good sounds, one has to search deeper.

So I came upon a different type of sound coming from an Australian band named Tame Impala. When I first came upon them, I was riding in a car down the country roads around Evansville. The music fused perfectly with the trees filled with red leaves and the crisp air. I thought to myself, “Yes. This is it.” I hadn’t been more satisfied in a long time.

It could be compared to the first time I heard “Animal Collective.” Sweet, sweet sounds cradled me, and made me feel at home. Like this music was made for me, appropriate for whatever is happening around me while listening.

This trio formed and began making music in 2007. Their debut album Innerspeaker, was released in Australia in May 2011. Issued in the states sometime later, they grooved in and around ear drums across the globe.

Indianapolis’ record store Indy CD and Vinyl ranks this as one of their best selling albums for the store for August.

On the band’s website, they describe themselves in an odd sense. “Tame Impala is the movement in Orion’s Nebula and the slime from a snail journeying across a footpath…,” it read.

Their album starts as an adventure to a foreign land. Psychedelic sounds take the listener to another time, what seems like another galaxy. The sounds swirl in and out of ears and into the air, honestly an experience never had before.

They are a definite experimental band. The coolest part of their music is once a song begins you comprehend there are regular band instruments playing, but as the song goes on you get lost and forget, and sounds start fusing into other instruments. Members Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson definitely have their work cut out for themselves.

The fellows are so in sync, they create such good sounds because of the previous bond they’ve already had with each other.

They are releasing an EP, a collection of sounds, some of which are floating around on YouTube. The five track EP is described as, “the Tame Impala EP is a beautiful snapshot into what lies within this beast.” Indeed, this is something to look forward to.

Tame Impala is just now hitting the scene here in the United States, most of their touring has been happening across Europe. They have been having shows in California and cities around the coast. I recommend this band very much. Their experimental sounds are so exciting.

Again it’s like traveling to a new land, experiencing things never before seen. Tame Impala takes you on a journey, one that you will never want to return from.

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