So Tame Impala have just released their first new music since 2012’s 'Lonerism' and the track is an absolute doozy. In 8 minutes there are fuzzy ‘Elephant’-esque beats, a vocoder breakdown and sweeping strings which all build on top of each other to a satisfying conclusion.
The first thing one might notice listening to this raging psychedelic river of a song is that the boys from Western Australia have gone and added synthesizers to their sound. Of course they are not the first rock act to do this. Julian Casablancas and The Strokes spring to mind as others to have made the move – and this song does evoke shades of ‘Human Sadness’ by Julian Casablancas and the Voidz in more ways than one.
The thing with ‘going electric’ is it risks the identity of the band somewhat. Tame Impala is an act that are doing something not many people are doing all that much these days, which is not only flying the flag of rock music but evolving it as well. 'Innerspeaker' and 'Lonerism' weren’t just call backs to the 60’s – they were original. Whether it be the heady bliss of a track like 'It’s Not Meant to Be' or the thumping riff of ‘Elephant’, these guys were doing something different. So by adding synths, in a musical environment already saturated with electronica, they could be risking that identity. But whilst Third Outing is going to reserve its final judgement until the full album release – they very well could have succeeded in finding a new direction without losing ‘the Tame Impala of it all’. Put it this way: if I had to make a greatest hits album for these guys I think this track would make the cut. It’s not their best by any means, but Third Outing cannot wait to hear the rest of the album. Listen to the track below:
Tame Impala 'Let It Happen' 8/10