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Tame Impala - Lonerism

Released: 08/10/2012 Modular Records
Buzz around this Perth (Australia, not Scotland) based quartet has been growing since their blissed-out debut Innerspeaker arrived in 2010, a record that offered a modern take on the American psychedelia to which it was in debt. Their sophomore effort succeeds in that rare feat of producing densely layered psych with immediate hooks, as seen in album teaser 'Apocalypse Dreams'. For more information visit: http://www.modularpeople.com/artists/tame-impala/48.html Buy: https://shop.modularpeople.com/product/lonerism-preorder/286.html Watch:
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The Observer“Plots an ambitious course between MGMT and the Sleepy Jackson...” The results might be frequently overblown but, crucially, beneath all the dazzling soundscapes songwriter Kevin Parker never forgets the power of a strong tune...
 
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MusicOMH“Aural pleasure lurks in every corner of Lonerism...” Likely to appeal to fifty quid blokes who’ll dig the retro influences, people to whom the term ‘chillwave’ actually means something, dance fans and everyone in between. An album of the year contender...
 
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Clash Music“Hypno-grooving at its best...” Tame Impala once more toss us headfirst into the deep end of the psychedelic whirlpool. And if there were ever a modern day reason to go and tie-dye your entire wardrobe, this would be it...
 
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The Quietus“Not bad work for a directionless layabout...” Whilst these songs will no doubt sound immense when rendered by the touring players that we see posing as “the band” in press shots, they are clearly the product of a single Brian Wilson-like mastermind...
 
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BBC“There’s currently nothing more psychedelic on earth...” If Lonerism’s epic psych-gasm has a weak spot, it’s how it rarely slows down to take in the extraordinary view whizzing by. Even the initially relaxed glide of Keep on Lying is overtaken by human chatter and triple-layered guitar parts...
 
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The Independent“This one's a beauty...” Combines psychedelic pop and lush electronica more beautifully than anyone since the heyday of that other bunch of outcasts from a godforsaken, rugby-playing hinterland, Super Furry Animals...
 
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The Line of Best Fit“A real sonic feast...” Sonic exploration is the name of the game on this album, making it a real treat with headphones. As if to highlight this, ‘Sun’s Coming Up’ is the album’s fond farewell, with a last Lennon ‘Love’ homage and some final gasps of guitar...
 
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NME“A trippy dream of an album...” Perhaps the greatest moment is 'Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control', a cymbal-crashing moment of fried psychedelia that's so Beatles-y you expect to see the Yellow Submarine float by...
 
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Pitchfork“Melodies that are instantly memorable...” Lonerism is portable and joyous in an unforced way, a soundtrack for the times when you're walking downtown and look up at a collection of skyscrapers, or driving through a mountain pass on an interstate...
 
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Guardian“Genuinely great songwriting...” Virtually every instrument is caked in distortion, but not the warm, familiar fuzz of an overdriven amplifier. It feels digital, alien, the sound of modern machines going wrong...
 
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