Tame Impala Announce New Album

MP3: Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams

Aussie psych-rockers Tame Impala will release their new album, Lonerism, on October 5th in Australia, the 8th in Europe and UK, and the 9th in the U.S. It will be preceded by lead single “Elephant” this month. The band also revealed both the album’s tracklist (below) and cover art (above). The majority of recording for the album was done in France, and as chief songwriter Kevin Parker noted the album makes an effort of “incorporating an expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective.”

The news comes shortly after the debut of new track “Apocalypse Dreams”, a chugging epic led by soaring vocals, dynamic guitar bursts, and glimpses of moogy organs which give way to supplemental guitar twangs and heavy-hitting blasts alike; the developmental structure provides a slightly conceptual and futuristic feel, even as its influences remind of a remarkable past. As the track progresses, its sonorous tones and stoned guitar stretches are strongly reminiscent of Todd Rundgren’s brilliant 1973 album, A Wizard, a True Star. “Apocalypse Dreams” is a phenomenal track from a group whose debut, Innerspeaker, was striking enough to create lofty expectations. It’s a good sign that “Apocalypse Dreams” is one of the band’s best tracks to date.


01 Be Above It
02 Endors Toi
03 Apocalypse Dreams
04 Mind Mischief
05 Music to Walk Home By
06 Why Won’t They Talk to Me?
07 Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
08 Keep on Lying
09 Elephant
10 She Just Won’t Believe Me
11 Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
12 Sun’s Coming Up

Tame Impala:

07-28 Byron Bay, Australia – Belongil Fields
08-01 Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center *
08-03 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-05 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Music and Artst Festival
08-11 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
08-15 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Cine Joia
08-17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Queremos
08-18 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Niceto Club
09-29 Brisbane, Australia – Parklife Festival
09-30 Sydney, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-01 Perth, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-06 Melbourne, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-07 Adelaide, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-14 Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
10-15 Paris, France – Bataclan
10-16 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
10-17 Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
10-19 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10-20 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
10-22 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
10-23 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
10-25 Vienna, Austria – Fluc
10-26 Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
10-27 Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
10-29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
10-30 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
11-01 Manchester, England – HMV Ritz
11-02 Sheffield, England – The Leadmill
11-03 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC

* with the Black Keys

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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