Tame Impala to drag us kicking and screaming into Wednesday. I remember hearing Tame Impala around the time their debut ep came out (I think it was via MySpace, as a lot of new music was getting exposed there) – I was hooked. The thing that struck me was how fresh it sounded, while at the same time reminding me of a lot of bands whose records I considered “desert island discs” from the 60s and 70s, and later on during the Madchester period of the 90s. These were pivotal bands for me – they were bands that you could listen to over and over and always find something new and interesting happening. Bands that weren’t content to say one thing, but had many things to say – and best of all, had an eloquence to their song-writing which put them several cuts above the mainstream. They were purveyors of original and engaging points of view and they’ve never gotten stale, going on over 50 years now.
That’s what I got during my first hearing of Tame Impala – and it’s stayed with me since. The thing about a band is if they keep reaching and trying new things and going different places – these are bands and artists who have made a difference. I put Kevin Parker in that category. Everything he’s been doing has had a certain well-intentioned urgency to it; music you are compelled to listen to because it’s fresh and it taps you on the shoulder and it shows you something new that makes you want to hear more – and when you consider he’s been doing it going on 12 years now, I don’t see him becoming complacent about what he’s doing or saying.
And it’s bands like Tame Impala that are keeping the spirit alive and vital. I can’t tell you how many people I have run into who complain bitterly about the current state of Contemporary Music – mostly the lack of creativity and diversity. But that’s the mainstream, and it’s never been a bellwether of innovation. You always have to go off the beaten path, away from the top-10, explore the underground, to find things that make a difference. The riches are usually always hiding, but they’re there.
Okay, enough out of me – I’m a fan and I love sharing the music – hit the play button, crank it up and lose the distractions.
Works every time.