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Tame Impala's Lonerism

So excited to talk about this album. The whole thing can be streamed here: Stream Tame Impala's New Album Lonerism | News | Pitchfork

Kevin Parker recorded it mostly by himself in his home studio, and Dave Fridmann once again mixed it. Whereas the last album seemed to be defined by phaser, this one seems to be all about flanger. I love how there are flourishes of flanging all across the album. I also love the moments when the whole mix is swallowed up by low pass filter, only to come back much heavier.

He's said in interviews that he felt more comfortable using more electronic influences on this album that he did on Innerspeaker. Lots of Juno 106 synth. A lot of the drum parts almost sound like he was trying to make them sound like sampled loops rather than full fledged drum parts. The very first song, "Be Above It," does this particularly well. I love how minimal but effective this song comes off, and such an immediate departure from the last album.

"Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control" is the psychedelic masterpiece of the year, easily. The flanging in this song is masterful, creating such a swirly trip out of the mix, and enhancing the emotion rather than just being a cheap effect. There's also a certain point where his vocal melody almost seems to be referencing the Beatles' "Something."

This album is definitely a lot more all over the place than Innerspeaker was, maybe even indulgent, but I love it. And I love Fridmann's typical harmonically distorted edge the mix carries. I really hope some more technical interviews pop up from either Parker or Fridmann about this album.

Anyone else loving this and have some thoughts about the production/mixing?
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Really, no one is feeling this?
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Tame Impala are great!
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...just came out, I have to take a listen, most likely will purchase it, suspect it's one of those 2012-must-have records.
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I've been addicted to this band for two years now, and the new album is even better then I thought it would be! I can't wait to see them live again in a month!
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Yes, listened to the stream. Yep. A must 2012 record to get.
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Loved the stream, ordered the CD.

'Lucidity' from InnerSpeaker was one of my favourite records of 2010, class act.
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That's some interesting stuff. It's interesting how you can still have a band that sounds modern, while there's still a fairly short line connecting them to The Beatles (stylistically anyway, even if they themselves aren't particularly directly conscious of it.)
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O.o I definitely need to grab this. Loved InnerSpeaker.
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Okay, first time poster so go easy on me guys.

I've been trawling through interviews to find some hints about the production on this album, without much luck so far.

He describes himself as a pretty terrible engineer in a couple of interviews so there's some magic happening during mixing that I'd love to know about.

I'm particularly interested in how the drum sound comes about. If you look in the lyrics booklet for Lonerism it looks like he's miked up his kick with an SM57, and he seems to have a fair bit of hardware, vintage compressors etc

Love everything psychedelic in this too, definetely my favourite album of 2012 :P
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Listened to this in it's entirety last night for first time . Loved it . "Elephant" is a jam and I can't remember what song it was but towards the end a Flanger just takes over the entire mix . It sounded massive a few beers in .

This album, Grizzly Bear's "Shields" and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's single - "Swim an sleep (like a shark)" are some of the best Self recorded Albums I've heard this year. There is a "Is music dead?" thread somewhere on GS . Those folks need to get their Indie on .
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Agreed!

Fridmann has definitely imparted his sound on the two Tame Impala records so far, but I think Kevin Parker often times downplays his own recording talents. That new Melody's Echo Chamber album is proof. He recorded and mixed that album himself, and I think it sounds fantastic. I'm sure he's picked up quite a bit from Fridmann from their various mix sessions. Dude is definitely capable on his own, but I do love the cross section between his music and Fridmann's mixing on Innerspeaker and Lonerism. Great partnership.
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great band! great album! I love shit like this.
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Love it. Can't stop listening to it. Beautiful production and top songs as well.
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I'm feeling this record
The drums have drawn me in, sounds like simple micing + 1176 squashed followed by decapitator
heavily peppers/pet sounds sounds, the songwriting isn't really drawing me in
but its nice
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Listened to this in it's entirety last night for first time . Loved it . "Elephant" is a jam and I can't remember what song it was but towards the end a Flanger just takes over the entire mix . It sounded massive a few beers in .

This album, Grizzly Bear's "Shields" and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's single - "Swim an sleep (like a shark)" are some of the best Self recorded Albums I've heard this year. There is a "Is music dead?" thread somewhere on GS . Those folks need to get their Indie on .
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Innerspeaker is one of my favorite records. Lonerism I am happy with, but it sounds too much like the flaming lips. I wish it was more unique like the first.
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sounds like simple micing + 1176 squashed followed by decapitator
that's exactly what i'm hearing.
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Listened to it 20+ times. I really dig an album that takes you to it's own micro universe.

Another album I can't get enough of right now is the latest Here we go Magic - A different Ship. Nigel Godrich's production is really warm. And that singer (Luke Temple) sounds so sad and lonely but in the sweetest way .
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New video promo of there's has tons of gear shots:

Tame Impala 'Lonerism' Episode 2 - YouTube

I uploaded some screen grabs from it. I definitely see a Chandler TG2 in there. What's that grey Sony box?
Wow . The tune in this videos sounds so close to Beach House..
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I think these guys are some of the best shit happening for quite some time now...makes me excited to write more music every time I put them on!
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i too love this album... the sounds are wonderful. been listening to it for the last few days. 2 times through today. it finished, and i just hit play again. Checked out some youtube stuff tonight. it was pretty cool.

http://youtu.be/ZYMFq9ZVVQw
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Reviving a month old thread, here. This album is a studio-nerd's dream. I love it! Bombastic use of effects: flangers, crazy panning, phasers, monosynth-leads, echo, verbs, over the top compression. Yet, the liberal use of effects somehow comes across as supportive of the songs. Really fun listening. So much sonic information could easily be fatiguing, but it isn't.

Glad to know some other members are digging this one. I encourage you guys to check it, if you haven't already.

Happy Holidays, guys.

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If you like the sound of this band, you totally need to listen to Todd Rundgren's "A Wizard a True Star" from 1973. Just do it. It will make you smile.
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If you like the sound of this band, you totally need to listen to Todd Rundgren's "A Wizard a True Star" from 1973. Just do it. It will make you smile.
Thanks for the suggestion, Will. I'll check it.
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It's $5 on Amazon MP3 just now so it's a no-brainer to get.

PS: Maybe next Tame Impala is based on Todd Rundgren's Todd album :-).
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