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Charting the Music: Tame Impala, 'Lonerism'

Charting the Music: Tame Impala, 'Lonerism' / Matthew Saville
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One man's recording project is another man's erratic, fuzzed-out escape. Interested? Complete your departure with Tame Impala's "Lonerism."

Tame Impala's sophomore achievement combines elements of modern-day pop with lo-fi, spacious indie rock. Despite the name "Lonerism," this album is suitable for both the lone listener and those with numerous companions.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #4 CMJ Top 30 for the week October 30, 2012.

Record label, release date and producer: Modular Recordings released "Lonerism" on October 9, 2012; the album was produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker.

Can be heard on: The Space Parlour with Nick Acquisto, Juxtaposition with Rob Levy and Music at Work with Curt.

RIYL: Animal Collective, Melody's Echo Chamber, and MGMT.

Hometown: Perth, Australia.

Standout Tracks: The synth-heavy "Endors Toi" is the soundtrack to a dream, layered with sporadic jazz drumming. "Apocalypse Dreams" could be a lost Beatles song remixed by electronic enthusiasts. "Elephant" marches forward with an attempt to crush everything in its path, but is quickly subdued by hypnosis.

About the artist: At an adolescent age, Kevin Parker's interest in music stemmed from learning guitar to accompany his father's lead riffs. Soon after, Parker became obsessed with recording music, creating melodies instead of finishing homework. He studied astronomy at an Australian University, quitting when Tame Impala signed to Modular Recordings. While Parker is responsible for the engineering and most of the studio work for the band, the live lineup includes Jay Watson, Dominic Simper, Nick Allbrook and Julien Barbagallo.

About the label: Sydney, Australia has been home base for Modular Recordings since 1998 and was created by Steve Pavlovic. The label gained ground in the music industry when it released the Living End's debut album. The label has since released albums by artists such as Klaxons, Ben Lee, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Play it while: Attempting astral projection.

What the critics say: "'Lonerism' takes you out of yourself, yet somehow deep within yourself, to lay a bedrock of familiar and warming sounds. The melodies are slyly infectious, where the lyrical reflections blend into pure sounds and particular words seem not to matter. Maybe the insight Parker seeks is not lyrical so much as musical. With your headphones on, 'Lonerism' tells you you’re not alone. It imparts that expansive happiness of catchy songs just at the margins of your memory, not quite in your grasp, a reminder of the pleasure of music, something beyond yourself." Scott Branson, PopMatters.

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