Tame Impala

“Imagine a wizard with robes and a staff, like, eye to eye with an impala and it was frozen, tamed just for one moment, and then it was off again, wild and free.” Such is the experience when listening to the exploding guitar solo in Desire Be Desire Go, or the hypnotising groove in Skeleton Tiger by one of Australia’s foremost ‘psychedelic bands,’ Tame Impala.
Tame Impala is kind of just the recording project that I’m the boss of. I’ve had it for many years, with different friends and musicians helping me out,” stated the ‘band’s’ main-man, Kevin Parker. As to how the project is structured, he best surmised it as being composed of “…two halves: one half is the recording side which is very calculated and pieced together, and the other side is the live side, where we take what’s been recorded and turn them into live songs,” and that’s where Parker calls his friends from other projects to play alongside him.
As a live band, Tame Impala transform the songs through improvisation and the addition of their own things instead of trying to replicate the studio sound. Parker initially hated the way in which a live setting altered the songs, stating “I was just basically wigged out about that transition.” Eventually, however, he came to terms with it and began to enjoy the live setting, “…embracing the qualities of both.”
2008 saw the release of Tame Impala‘s EP, believed by many to be called Antares Mira Sun due to the cover depicting the Orion nebula. As for the songs, the EP saw Tame Impala‘s first intentional release. In an interview, Parker stated that “…the EP was not in anyway recorded for an EP. The songs that were on the EP weren’t even recorded at the same time, they were done over a bunch of years.”
In 2010, Tame Impala released their first album, Innerspeaker, which was recorded in a house “…a few hours south of Perth in the middle of nowhere on the coast.” Despite the limitations in sound and ideas, the songs put you under a pleasantly languid vibe. Parker, however, beleivs the songs to be “… delirious, alone music.” Also inherent within the album is a kind of restraint, wherein most of the album only consists of pop songs. “I was definitely really possessive of it being the first album, I was so focused on it matching what was in my head, I didn’t want to experiment too much away from that vision,” explained Parker in regards to his fear of creative deviation.
After Innerspeaker‘s release, Parker found himself with more time on his hands to record for the second album, Lonerism. Demos were made in various locations in the world and Parker moved into an apartment France in 2011, recording most of the album there in “a reclusive bunker.” Parker also co-wrote with another musician, Jay Watson of Pond, on the song Apocalypse Dreams, an experience which Parker said “…was… whoa… a huge thing for me.” Suddenly, every song is bursting with color in their lavish layers of busy instrumentation, showing Parker creating an album that is “…quite different, it’s a bit more decadent. It’s a bit more sonically decadent… There’s less holding-back of temptations of various kinds. I love fucked-up sounds, and I love pop melodies, and its kind of a combination of the two.” However, Parker dismisses the lyrical aspect of Lonerism as creating “…quite a childish album, almost like a persona who turns into the one from Innerspeaker.”
As for the future of the ‘band’, “It’ll be less of a solo project in the future, cause Jay and I are writing songs together and cooperating.” A third album is currently anticipated for release between the end of this year and early 2016, revealed to be encompass a completely different field of music altogether.
Whatever direction Tame Impala paves for itself into the future, you can be sure that Parker and his future band members will continue to create vibrant, multi-dimensional music that pushes boundaries and exceeds expectations, for each release under Tame Impala has only become better and better.


Melody’s Echo Chamber hit the road with a touring band shortly after the completion of their debut album, a collaboration between Melody Prochet and Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker. Pablo Padovani was recruited as a guitarist in the band, and made a connection with Parker. His own five-piece band, Moodoid, then had their album mixed by Parker in early 2014, and saw the release of their debut, Le Monde MOO, in September.
Le Monde MOO (Translation: the world of MOO) is a Surreal odyssey through an immense richness and density of sound you would not have thought existed in the 21st century, an experience not deterred by French lyrics. Most impressive, however, is Moodoid‘s diverse musical palette. Jazz, progressive rock, rap and RnB are encompassed throughout the album without deteriorating the quality of each song. The brain behind the compositions incorporates these sounds and styles confidently, without overdoing himself or sounding arrogant.
With Padovani’s penchant for the unusual and oriental, Le Monde MOO contains a diversity of sounds and exotic instruments. In an interview with wordfrom, Padovani stated, “In the album, I worked with Gilles Andrieu, who plays saz (a stringed instrument from Turkey) and ud (a stringed instrument from North Africa). There’s also Didier Malherbe from the band Gong who came to play duduk, which is a flute made of wood from apricot tree that makes a totally great sound. To me, it’s a way to have soft and new textures.”

Le Monde MOO sweeps through quiet and unknown atmospheres, dreamy undulations to moments of rhythmic insistence heavily swathed in an 80s style. The listener is then plunged into the band’s signature sound of unraveling melodies and multiple stylistic changes within intensely colorful landscapes far removed from the ordinary world. 
Of the concept of the album, Padovani stated, “The idea of the disc is a path, some kind of initiatory stroll, like in Voltaire’s Candide in which I am the malicious guide who will get the the listener lost… In this world, we can see mountains of whipped cream, plains of loukoums (Arabic pastry), etc… There is a lot of mystery in the lyrics and in the structure of the songs. Thus, I think the listener will make his own effort of imagination.”
Strongly prevalent from Moodoid‘s sound and video clip costumes is an oriental and Surrealist influence. “Surrealism has always been a major source of inspiration. For the strength of the images it provides, for the mystery and fantasy that also inspires me. The music that I write is often very crude and very instinctive. They come from the depths in that way some Surrealist poets I admire also wrote, automatically,” said Padovani.