Tame Impala

This band from Perth, Australia, started life as Dee Dee Dums before lineup changes and an evolving sound resulted in a change of name in 2007. These guys always get called "psychedelic," and that's fitting enough — if by that word you mean music that stretches out conventional song structures and warps melodies in interesting ways. Even a cursory listen to their most recent album, Innerspeaker, reveals a group that's clearly influenced by the perfect harmonies of the Beatles and '60s garage psych, with a backbone of strong songwriting. But Tame Impala didn't stop where a lot of modern bands seem to, and its music enters that same uplifting, dreamlike space occupied by acts such as Black Moth Super Rainbow and prog weirdos like Super Furry Animals.


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