“There were times recording this album that I thought, ‘This is the worst fucking thing I’ve heard in my life.’”
Kevin Parker described the recording process of “Lonerism” as a two year long nightmare which drove him to the brink of insanity. However, the misery and torture Kevin endured certainly does not show on the album as there is not one bad moment on the record which is quite rare to find nowadays. The influence of Syd Barrett and The Beatles is certainly evident and although the album oozes psychedelia, at no point does it feel dated or sound like a late 1960s recreation. Parker’s dream-like pop melodies are consistent throughout and instantly memorable.
“Lonerism” has gained Tame Impala a considerably larger following and further indie stardom as reaction to the record from fans and critics alike has been overwhelmingly positive. What I find remarkable about this album is how authentic and natural it feels despite the fact that every instrument played on the record has been distorted and or has had studio tweaks added to them which one would assume would make the album sound perhaps artificial. The album certainly conveys the psychedelic spirit without heavily embodying or imitating that retro sound which defined the late 1960s.
Tame Impala are without a shadow of doubt destined for bigger things as they have proved with the release of this record that they are one of the best and most exciting and innovative rock bands around today.