At the moment, I’m really diggin’ a band from Perth, Australia called Tame Impala. They’re clearly influenced by the psychedelic rock of the mid to late 60’s, when reverb-heavy vocals, fuzzy guitar tones and phaser effects reigned supreme. If I could narrow it down to a couple of obvious reference points, I’d probably say “Strawberry Fields Forever”-era Beatles with a bit of Cream or Love sprinkled in.
There’s no standout song on their debut, Innerspeaker – it’s best heard in its entirety. But “Lucidity” seems pretty representative of the overall sound:
Plus, you have to love the stoner album art, hey?
Listening to these guys got me thinking back to some of those other classic psych-rock singles of yore, like “8 Miles High” by The Byrds and “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. And of course, much time was wasted on You Tube:
That’s quite the chapeau on David Crosby, huh? Apparently, the height of fashion in 1967 was looking like you just escaped from a Siberian prison.
And speaking of fashion, how cool was Jefferson Airplane front woman Grace Slick? I covet all those crazy ensembles she used to wear:
Final note for Vancouver readers: Tame Impala are scheduled to play the Biltmore on December 9th.