Tame Impala: Innerspeaker 

Tame Impala is a four-piece band from Perth, Australia, that recently released its first LP, Innerspeaker--a collection of airy, groove-based psychedelic rock songs.

Drawing heavily from the psychedelic revivalists of the late '80s--bands like the Stone Roses, Sun Dial and Happy Mondays--while also pulling from classic-rock acts such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Cream, Tame Impala sculpt a familiar sound with modern sensibilities. Reverb-drenched vocals, blissed-out guitars, pulsing drum beats and pleasant spaciousness catapult the band into ethereal territory without ever comprising their sense of origin.

Tame Impala doesn't aim for intensity, instead opting for expansiveness and texture. Songs like "Alter Ego," "Solitude is Bliss" and "I Don't Really Mind" sway and morph in a very subtle manner. The lyrics mostly meditate on enhanced consciousness, at times coming off as too conspicuous, like on "Lucidity": "Lucidity come back to me / Put all five senses back to where they're meant to be / Wandering around like spare time never knew it / I might suck fizzle or I might just float away."

The album flows along with exceptional continuity, each song setting the stage for the next. The long instrumental "Jeremy's Storm" is stacked with sonic ear candy and interesting bits that become more apparent with each listen. The seven-minute "Runway, Houses, City, Clouds" is arguably the highlight of the album--a rollicking, fervent piece of music that weaves through a range of movements and peaks that will make you happy you went for the ride.

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