A famous psychologist once said that the flow of ideas work a lot like the process of contagious yawning – when one person sees or reads an idea they tend to talk about it and spread it on. While that may be obvious enough, one can see how cities would be the peak of this idea – more people in closer contact in a smaller space will tend to spread the “yawn” faster. This is my theory on why, while recently visiting Amsterdam, I was able to discover so much great new music I never heard of before – including the band Tame Impala.
The simplest way to describe this band from Perth, Australia is to say that they remind me of everything I love about the Eric Clapton-backed 60s band Cream. Composed primarily of the trio of Kevin Parker, Jay Watson, and Dominic Simper, the psychedelic sound of Tame Impala seems to transport one to a simpler time of peace, love, and Vietnam War protesting. Although one of their older songs, I think the best example of this style would be “Half Full Glass of Wine.” Interesting tempo changes backed with an addicting guitar riff and Parker’s falsetto vocals make an effortlessly cool track. Bonus points if you watch the music video for the song – visually stunning in the style of a Rorschach ink blot test, it only adds to the acid-rock feel of the whole band.
BONUS TRACK: Another song from the band (although the video for this one is bizarre).