TAME IMPALA – lonerism – CD digipackCD digipackmodular recordings2012
Sonically Lonerism is a quantum leap forward for the band, the seeds of which were sown shortly after mixing of Innerspeaker had been completed. Again recorded and produced almost entirely by Kevin Parker in studios, planes, hotels and homes around the world, and mixed by the trailblazing Dave Fridmann, it’s a sound not so much reinvented as completely redrafted and stretched way, way out.
Lonerism’s most apparent advance is in it’s synthesizers – there’s swathes of them cutting melancosmic shapes across almost every track. There’s still the searing guitar lines, bouldering drums, free bass and of course Parker’s voice, but now there’s heavily mournful pads and sunshine lead lines from an army of analogue explorers in the mix. Lonerism is one loner standing staring at an expansive moonscape of psychedelic song, but it’s so unpretentiously evocative and transcendental it’s for everyone to enjoy.