A tautology is a means of saying the same thing in a different way. Because it is a rhetorical strategy, the term is conceivably more complicated than the aforementioned denotation; however for the purposes of this article, the simplified definition will do just fine. Anyway, here we are at a crossroads with Tame Impala, who will play Denver’s Ogden Theater May 30, 2015.
The band is infamous for riding the waves of innovation, consistently creating sound novelty in the studio and on the stage. Their initially unorthodox psychedelic rock style now serves as inspiration for hundreds, if not thousands of musicians and bands alike. They’ve been interviewed and/or featured by all the greats: Rolling Stone, The Fader, Pitchfork, Indie Shuffle etc. and of course, they’ve played live sessions for the world’s furthest reaching radio station, UK’s BBC.
When asked, “what kind of music are you into?” answering “Tame Impala” is always a safe bet, indicating good judgement and chic sophistication. They’ve become the Klenex of facial tissues; the name Tame Impala used interchangeably with an entire genre and style of music.
Now, back to tautology. Journalists today are faced with an incredible feat: How to say what has been said before, perhaps by millions, in a different way? One way to take a new perspective on Tame Impala is to suggest the band isn’t as incredible as everyone says. This I refuse to do because I as much as anyone love Tame Impala.
This article is unique however, in that its source does not typically write on music of this genre (though we make exceptions for exceptional bands), and that it’s specific purpose is to communicate Tame Impala’s Ogden Theater showcase next Saturday, May 30. Let’s take a look at the context of their 2015 stop in Denver.
JULY 17, 2015 : TAME IMPALA TO RELEASE CURRENTS
Front man Kevin Parker has described the group’s third LP as one of transition and transformation. To date, the band has shared Currents opening track “Let it Happen,” a nearly eight minute sound experiment, along with three other songs. [Read Pitchfork's review of the debut track HERE]
Though “I am a Man” initially raised claims of sexism, the song was generally well received, as was “Disciples” and “Eventually”. If the four publically available songs are any indication of the album’s essence, Currents will yield positive reviews, though long time fans may exhibit ambiguous feelings as the new LP indeed sounds different. The drumlines are generally slower and lyrics deeply reflective, perhaps an indication of Tame Impala’s maturing as individuals and as a collective.
As such, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of Aussie band Tame Impala. In line with Currents album theme, the band is experiencing transformation. Notoriously introverted Kevin Parker faces an ever increasing number of fans brimming with expectation, eyes sparkling, and ears dreaming of songs yet to be conceived. Though playing sold out shows is certainly routine for the band, for those present at Ogden Theater May 30, the night will be anything but routine.
Written by: Haley Midzor
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