It's the album that I just won't shut up about: Australian quartet Tame Impala's Lonerism, a collection of deeply psychedelic and grand guitar-centric gems that are as ahead of their time as they are indebted to classic rock bands like the Zombies. The album drops next week, but NPR is streaming it in its entirety. Do what I tell you: Listen. Right. Now.
It's a truly gorgeous feat of songwriting and studio wizardry, cooked up by the band's leader/mastermind, singer-guitarist Kevin Parker. Lyrics of solitude and loneliness are put to reverb-drenched guitar waves, bouncing keyboards and hard-grooving rhythms, all tweaked, retweaked and retweaked again in the studio, ad nauseam, to psych-pop perfection. Highlights include the lava-lamp-ready "Apocalypse Dreams" and "Elephant," the latter which just got an equally trippy music video. Watch it!
Tame Impala are on tour right now. Do what I tell you: See. Them. Now.