Staff Picks: Tame Impala #NakedSal

Breaking the trend of Canadian artists, I’m going to talk a little bit about my favourite band from my second favourite country of Australia: Tame Impala.

Tame Impala’s a pretty big deal to me, they’ve been my first full-on musical obsession since Coldplay, and that one runs all the way back Grade 3.

The Perth psych-rockers, led by their frontman Kevin Parker (the band’s primary songwriter) are gearing up to release their third yet-to-be-named album. They’ve found mainstream success with their second album “Lonerism,” But their first album “Innerspeaker” is the closest to my heart.

Tame Impala stretched the limits of what sounds you can get with an electric guitar in “Innerspeaker,” meshing the boundaries between synth and guitar, which is especially evident in the brilliantly simple song Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind.

Comprised only of four repeating lines of lyrics, the song draws it’s attention to the intense solos, warm guitar and bass tones and the way Parker’s voice melts into the rest of the sounds to create a warm ooze of psychadelic noise.

Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind is my go-to for relaxing on summer days, or just even when I can’t think of anything to listen to, with hundreds of plays on my iPod. For now, I’m just waiting for the band to come back to Toronto for their next album tour.

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