Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala are back next week with their highly anticipated new LP Lonerism, the follow-up to 2010’s acclaimed debut Innerspeaker. We’ve previously heard a trippy album cut titled ‘Apocaylpse Dreams‘ and the churning single ‘Elephant‘, and now you can stream the album in its entirety. Recorded by group mastermind Kevin Parker and once again mixed by Dave Friddmann, Lonerism is at once instantly recognisable as Tame Impala — buzzing, prog-influenced guitars; dreamy psych-pop vocals; occasionally discernible lyrics detailing solitude and alienation — and yet also somewhat of a departure, expanding their signature sound to include synths, drum machines and samples. The result is a wonderfully lush and expansive record of psychedelic slow-burns which take influence from the likes of Todd Rungren, The Flaming Lips and The Beatles but still manage to sound remarkably fresh and exciting. Lonerism feels like a natural progression from Innerspeaker, and I’m immensely pleased to report that it’s already one of my favourite albums of the year.
Lonerism is out October 9 in the US, October 5 in Australia and October 8 in Europe. Stream it below (via NPR).