Everyone’s been waiting ages for it. Some people got the leak. But Tame Impala’s sophomore long-player, Lonerism, is finally out. And Substance like it so much we’ve gone digging through Tame Impala’s record box of influences, tributes and psych-heavy goodies. 

Kevin Parker – TP's frontman and chief psychedelic mastermind – has admitted Lonerism is a departure from the band’s last album, Innerspeaker. But don’t worry, there’s still more flange, reverb and vocal trips than you can shake an acid-tipped Aztec bar at.
 
In the run-up to Lonerism’s release Parker has said he “surrendered to temptation and desire to make an album that is really fucked up.
 
“But I also have a desire to sound like Britney Spears, I love pop music and bad plastics. On the one hand this album is weird and fucked up, but on the other hand it's very pop.”
 
Parker’s been showing his poppy side elsewhere, collaborating with French acid-songstress Melody Prochet on this year’s Melody’s Echo Chamber record. Warped beats and reverb guitars picked like a modulated synth line sound more like Kevin Parker after watching Drive for the third time a bit more than usual. And we like it.
 
(You can hear some of the new production on opening track on Lonerism, ‘Be Above It’ too.)
 

 
We’re hoping for some dance remixes a la the Erol Alkan ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind’ remix off the last album, turning choppy psych guitars into synth trips. Our tip for this treatment is the breakdown on ‘Endors Toi’:
 
 
Speaking of remixes, Todd Rundgren (the man behind garage-rockers, Nazz, and his own genius blend of experimental, melodic-as-hell Seventies production-pop) has been blowing up dancefloors everywhere with his remix of latest single ‘Elephant.’
 
 
Turns out it’s returning a favour. Tame Impala have been listening to a lot of Rundgren’s stuff in the run up to the new album – so we’re told – and we’re definitely an earful of his psych-funk 1973 gem, A Wizard, A True Star. Here’s some vintage Rundgren crooning with 'I Saw the Light' (which he apparently wrote in 20 minutes on ritalin) and ‘International Feel’ (you’ll know it from Daft Punk’s Electroma film, yeah?), which Parker and co. have been touting out live this year.
 
 
 
Tame Impala’s vocal harmonies are never that far away from a 1966 Lennon-McCartney doo-whopper – Lonerism’s no different (…get in) – but new album track ‘Mind Mischief’ has got the vocals and the spikey George Harrison guitar-work to boot. Tune.
 
 
Whether or not you’re one of those pretentious so-and-sos who’re calling Tame Impala the vanguard of the “New Psychedelic Movement” (eugh) – there’s no denying that Tame Impala are on to something good. Lonerism is a great album. You won’t find many hit parade winners on here – they’ve already released those two (‘Elephant’ and ‘Apocalypse Dreams’) but as a long-playing sonic experience it’s got all the pace, production and great tunes of an album of the year.

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