Australian psychedelic art-rockers Tame Impala return with Lonerism
, a gloriously indulgent follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Innerspeaker
. Leaving behind the Yes-inspired daisy chains and vibrant King Crimson-esque guitar drudge of their debut, lead maestro Kevin Parker cranks the ambient textures on Lonerism even higher, using an array of layered vintage-synths and guitar reverb to flush out his Moon Safari
by-way-of Jeff Lynne pop-vignettes. The chiming pianos on lead single “Apocalypse Dreams” makes ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” look downright morose, while “Elephant” uses oscillating drop-tuned riffs and pulsating organs to remind you why you fell for this band in the first place. Energetic and dense, Lonerism
packs an introspective punch that makes the rest of your vinyl collection look apathetic in comparison.