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Music Geek Track Of The Day: Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen” Is Psychadelic Dance Music

Finally! Ever since Tame Impala released Lonerism in 2012, one of my favorite albums of that year, I have been waiting desperately for the Aussies to release new material that I could rock out to by myself in my bedroom without a shirt on. The most interesting part of Tame Impala’s music and specifically Kevin Parker’s writing style is that despite the seemingly iridescent instrumentation and Lennon-esque vocals, it is really psych rock for insular souls who value being reclusive, hanging out inside their own heads.

Over the course of the 8-minute “Let It Happen”, we are treated to a marching beat assisting Parker’s increasingly unintelligible lyrics, as an aqueous wash tucked beneath paranoid bursts of synths ultimately becomes a fully guitar driven anthem before receding quickly into the horizon. By the end of the song you feel even deeper inside the wormhole that is Parker’s isolationism. On the band’s first album, Innerspeaker, Parker sang that “solitude is bliss”, but I really don’t believe that it is a salve for him as much as it is a compulsion now.

Check out the song by clicking through the tweet below, and find their tour dates below. Tame Impala’s as-yet unnamed project will be out later this year. Head here to download the new song.

04-08 Pomona, California – The Fox Theatre
04-10 Indio, California – Coachella
04-17 Indio, California – Coachella
05-08 Austin, Texas – Austin Psych Fest
05-09 New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
05-10 Atlanta, Georgia – Shaky Knees Music Festival
05-11 Nashville, TN -Ryman Auditorium
05-13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05-14 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
05-15 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
05-16 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
05-18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05-19 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
05-20 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
05-22 Boston, MA – Boston Calling
05-25 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Festival 2015
05-26 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl
05-27 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
05-29 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05-30 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05-31 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
06-01 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06-03 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
06-04 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
06-05 Cincinnati, OH – Bunbury Music Festival 2015
06-06 Washington, D.C. – Echostage
06-07 New York, NY – Gov Ball Randalls Island
08-20 Viana Do Castelo, Portugal – Paredes de Coura
09-04-06 Dorset, England – End of the Road Festival
09-04-06 Dublin, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-06 Co. Laois, Ireland – Stradbally Hall
09-08 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland
09-09 Liverpool, England – Olympia
09-10-13 Downend, England – Bestival
09-13 Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza


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