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Fans have been patiently waiting and now they’ve been rewarded – Tame Impala have finally dropped a new track!

The track, dubbed Patienceis the first new music from Perth’s Kevin Parker (who works under the Tame Impala moniker) since the 2015 Grammy-nominated album, CurrentsIt’s described as a “mid-tempo chugger of ’70s disco and ’90s house, stoned on the house-made Tame Impala lysergic liquor”.

‘Patience’ is a mid tempo chugger of 70s disco and 90s house, stoned on the house-made Tame Impala lysergic liquor. A jubilant, confident cut of elegant piano jabs, driving disco drums and Parker’s inimitable vocal style, the track is a lyrical meditation on life’s cycles and phases that ascends to an overwhelmingly blissed out zenith, as our protagonist makes peace with the transience of time. It’s a potent hint at the infinite possibilities for future Tame Impala.

Tame Impala are headlining Coachella next month, and have recently been announced on both the Glastonbury and Lollapalooza line-ups.

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Pond have just announced that they’ll will release a new album, “Tasmania”, in a couple months. The project — which is led by former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook put their most recent album, The Weather, back in 2017, and Tasmania is being presented as a “sister album” to that one. As with most of their albums, this one was produced by Allbrook’s former bandmate and Tame Impala head honcho Kevin Parker.

Last year, the band released two songs that will be featured on the album “Burnt Out Star” and “Sixteen Days”  and now they’re sharing another new one, “Daisy,” alongside an accompanying music video.

Allbrook had to say about the track in a fan newsletter: “Daisy” includes an interpolation of the Pilgrim Brothers ‘I Feel Like Going Back Home’. It’s about Summertime, the rigs are out, fires burn, bottl’os and dams drained aaaaand photos leaving us warped memories. Blood and lonely saltwater cowfolk.

‘Daisy’ is the new song from POND.

Tasmania is out 1st March via Spinning Top/Marathon Artists/Caroline/Interscope.

Another one of Perth’s heroes. £Giant Tortoise” is mega, there’s nothing like it really. Pond changed the game for me with Hobo Magic. Going back to Sabbath roots, heavy prog, ’70s metal origins to add their unique flavour of psych to the modern era.

A Perthadelic mind-splurge, that’s what. To simplify matters, let’s start with just two: Kevin Parker and Nick Allbrook, Tame Impala’s singer and ex-bassist respectively, and the two biggest heads in the burgeoning Perth psych scene. Whenever Parker was locked away to single-handedly pull Tame’s albums out of God’s nostril, Allbrook was busy with his own astral pop projections.

Jamming randomly with other at-loose-ends Tame members (and occasionally Kevin too, on drums), he built a sprawling collective around Pond, the improvisational art-rock collaboration that was formed on the day of their first house-party gig in 2008, and knocked up their 2009 debut album ‘Psychedelic Mango’ on an eight-track in Nick’s parents’ granny flat. After three more albums (see box, right), and with all the sounds in his head colliding with the fucked-Floyd freak-outs of ‘Lonerism’ on tour, Nick left Tame Impala in May to concentrate on Pond, among other projects. Bizarrely, he was replaced in Tame by Pond drummer Cam Avery, who clearly never got the ‘Leaving Tame Impala To Concentrate On Pond’ memo.

To quit the coolest band in the world to go make a seven-track album of surreal psychedelic blues about spiritualism, giant tortoises, conspiracy theorists and Pegasus. But that’s what Allbrook has done, and with considerable success. Pond’s fifth album, ‘Hobo Rocket’, bristles with unrestrained creativity and sonic exploration, while verging away from pastoral prog towards a harder garage blues slant. Spiritualist acid mania infects ‘Hobo Rocket’ from its first mystical inklings: opener ‘Whatever Happened To The Million Head Collide?’ wafts in on a cloud of MGMT and a distorted Buddy Holly bass riff, Nick emitting psychedelic yowls between references to “the holiest of holies’’ and how “I am, you are Buddha, Krishna, God’’. Then he screams, and the track becomes a White Stripes/Band Of Skulls voodoo rocker, Nick shifting from meditative peacenik to paranoid conspiracy freak: “I’m gonna sleep for a week and not speak at all/Cover myself in oil and tin foil’’. It’s a schizophrenic mash-up, but one hell of a sucker-punch opening.

Heavy as a narwhal’s balls and concerning the crippling emotional effects of psychoactive medication, the brittle blues bluster of ‘Xanman’ provides pop relief in the style of a wormhole ‘Seven Nation Army’, Nick playing the lusty funk squealer with commitment during the blow-out coda. ‘O Dharma’ – by turns The Beatles’ ‘Sun King’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Any Colour You Like’ and Hot Chip getting groovy round the Maharaja’s gaff – is perhaps the sweetest acoustic gospel-hippy swirl ever to centre around the phrase “And if you muthafuckers don’t like it you can all get out’’. It’s a key phrase to Pond’s ethos; reflecting their experimental roots – and perhaps Nick’s wild musical mood swings – this is an album of dichotomies, both thematic and sonic. Lulled into a pleasant dopamine haze by ‘O Dharma’? Now take the ponderous, misanthropic Zep-metal chunder of ‘Aloneaflamaflower’, segueing into ‘Giant Tortoise’ – a tune that imagines Jack White going back in time to guest on ‘Across The Universe’.

Pond’s open-mindedness lifts off towards event status on the title track, in which a guy called Cowboy John – a local legend described in the sleevenotes as “artist, mystic, wanderer, eccentric’’ – rants and mumbles about flying through the universe at “twice the speed of light’’ on a “horse with wings’’ like a dope-fried Lou Reed, then starts asking the band mid-song what drugs they’ve got. It all wraps up with the demonic blues metal of ‘Midnight Mass (At The Market St Payphone)’, complete with a pastoral, Floyd-y, four-minute ‘Dear Prudence’ outro to a record that leaves you mentally a-quiver. When a million heads collide, it seems, it’s a colourstorm.

Giant track, tortoise friendly.

Release date: 05th Aug, 2013

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Official music video for The Blue Marble by GUM off his album, The Underdog. If a member of both Tame Impala and Pond made a solo record, what would it sound like? The answer is GUM. The solo project of multi-instrumentalist Jay Watson, GUM is another offering of psychedelic pop from a man who is well versed in the genre. His full album, The Underdog, drops April 6th.

Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala has joined American house artist Zhu on his latest single. Parker continues to show his versatility and his penchant for pop music. Earlier he collaborated with retro party-starter Mark Ronson and R&B new-wavers SZA and DRAM. Neu-psych festival darlings Tame Impala team up with Chinese American house producer ZHU on a one-off collaboration.

This sounds like 4PM on a 90° summer afternoon. You and the crew have spent the day stumbling from stage to stage at your music festival of choice. You’re slightly intoxicated, but not so much that you’ve lost track of where you are. The opening synth sounds of “My Life” waft through nearby speakers — soft appredigios that lead into Kevin Parker’s hazy falsetto, which are soon underlined by rolling bass drums. The edible you just kicked in. Everything is perfect. You’ll live forever.

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We’re pleased to release our Tame Impala cover of “Eventually”. It comes from our new album Nudes out March 2nd.

We wanted to include something special with the NUDES vinyl packaging, something that felt nostalgic and immersive in the same way that the recordings did. Having had them as a kid, zoetropes came to mind; those paper cylinders you spin to watch a moving image through the slits. Turning to the online art community, we figured it was worth a look to see if anyone else was on this wavelength. A few hashtag searches later, with one leading to another, phenakistoscope brought us to our new and incredibly talented friend Drew Tetz. He created this insert for our vinyl that combines old technology (your record player) with new (your smartphone camera) to create this trippy moving image. Check out his incredible work. He has been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with and we can’t wait for you to try these at home! . Available in the Deluxe Vinyl Edition of NUDES

Lucius “Eventually” is a Tame Impala cover from the Lucius acoustic album, NUDES, out March 2nd.

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Tame Impala to headline Citadel Festival 2018

Citadel Festival have announced Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala as the 2018 headliners for Citadel 2018The band’s headline slot will mark their first show in London since February 2016.

Taking place on Sunday 15th July at Gunnersbury Park, Citadel Festival blends live music with theatre, arts, talks and workshops.

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Currents Collectors Edition

The Tame Impala ,”Currents Collectors Edition” box set includes the album on limited edition red marbled vinyl with alternate artwork, a 12” featuring two remixes, and a 7” and flexidisc with three b-sides. Plus a poster and a zine of images and scribbles offering a candid glimpse into the making of “Currents”.

Now, just over two years since it was released, Tame Impala’s modern classic is getting the deluxe treatment, with a collector’s edition of the record set to be released next month.

Tame Impala first hinted at the emergence of this release way back in July of last year, but now we’re seeing something a lot more concrete. Announcing the news via social media and YouTube earlier , Tame Impala shared a video of Kevin Parker in the studio back in 2014, crafting one of the unheard songs that is set to appear on the new version of the record. With a release date set for November 17th, the Currents collector’s edition is set to include a gigantic array of fan-pleasing goodies, including the entire album on red marbled vinyl, with alternate artwork. Also included is a 12″ record with two remixes, a 7″ and a flexidisc record containing three B-sides, including a poster and zine, which contains a whole bunch of handwritten notes made by Kevin Parker during the recording session for the album.

 

While we wait for the collector’s edition of Currents to drop next month, check out Soulwax’s remix of ‘Let It Happen’, which we’re hoping will be included in the new edition.

If you’re keen on grabbing yourself a copy of the new edition of the record, head over to Tame Impala’s online store to pre-order yours. While there’s been no official announcement about it yet, some folks over on the Tame Impala subreddit on Reddit have discovered that the box set seems to be limited to 2,500 copies, so you might want to get in quick.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Tame Impala have released an expanded version of their records. Back in 2011, they released a new edition of their debut record “Innerspeaker”, which featured an extra disc titled Extraspeaker that included a bunch of rarities and remixes.

 

Cameron Avery is best known as bassist of Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala, as well as frontman of fellow Australian band The Growl. Over the last few years he’s been building up his very own solo career, doing some opening performances under his own name, including support for The Last Shadow Puppets tour last year .

On March 10th, Avery released his debut solo album “Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams” via Anti Records . He celebrated the release of the album one day early with a performance at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. The show actually almost didn’t happen, as Avery got held up at the airport until nearly 6pm due to an issue with U.S. customs (something that will sadly probably become a problem for many artists in the next four years). Thankfully, he made it work, and the show went on.

The lineup of his band had changed quite a bit since the last time I saw him, as his band The Growl had joined him to bring his songs to life. Avery expanded the setlist by included a few of The Growl’s songs (“Douse The Lamps” and “John the Revelator”) along with the soulful songs off his record. It was a nice mix that added a little bit of power to the show, and let his band enter their comfort zone for just a moment.

The show was nearly sold out, and based on the crossover appeal from Tame Impala and The Last Shadow Puppets, and the fact that he’s writing some really good songs, it’s only a matter of time until he breaks out on his own. There’s also the undeniable fact that the women at this show were loving him, making it clear that his fan base will be growing in no time at all.

 

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“Dance With Me” is the third single from ‘Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams’

Cameron Avery is back with a new song today. It’s one of our favorites from his forthcoming album ‘Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams‘ out March 10th. Simply, the series of songs Cameron Avery is coming up with surround the release of his album have to mark it as an early contender for those ‘Best Of The Year…’ lists, and you just need to know about it. Thus, I shall tell you. Latest visually-enhanced instalment is Dance With Me (Spinning Top/Anti), again a long way from his Tame Impala and Pond credits. And sure it has some ironic self-awareness, an arched eyebrow to its noir-ish tone, which might be deliberately winking at itself. But, as Berlin-era Iggy collides with some Lennie Cohen via some Rat Pack lounge-lizarding, it’d all fall to slivers if there wasn’t real craft and talent in what has been made.