Tame Impala Vinyl, CD & tapes by Tame Impala at Norman Records
Appearing seemingly out of nowhere, Tame Impala's Australian psych overlord Kevin Parker did the almost unthinkable and composed two albums almost as good as each other.
His first two missives Innerspeaker and Lonerism were both incredible psyche rock records which stole bits from the past (most notably the Beatles and The Flaming Lips) but seemed to re-arrange it in a whole new language....one that has spawned hundreds of imitators in awe of Parker's insidious way with melody and his impressive production chops. Both sonically interesting and joyously listenable these records reach dizzying heights which ensured Tame Impala was a name to drop not such for psych aficionados but for fans of pop music too.
Then came Currents, their third album, which eschewed the guitar-led mayhem of Tame Impala's earlier work and added synths and a more streamlined production style. The record was incredibly popular and much loved but certain listeners (ok, a lot of people in this office) felt that something was lost in the transition. Tame Impala had become more of a straightforward proposition lacking the element of surprise that was crucial to their music. Still, it led to them edging further into the mainstream, and the band are now a much sought-after touring act.