Tame Impala "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

With their sophomore album Lonerism, Australian outfit Tame Impala follow through on the promise of 2010's Innerspeaker. The above track, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," could easily be considered the album's centerpiece, delivering the titular lyrics via a melody to rival the years best. The oft cited Beatles influence is certainly present here as the verses in particular recall a Sgt. Pepper'sAbbey Road era John Lennon. Between the chorus and the verses there is just the right amount of movement to give the song a dynamic, repetitive character, serving to soothe and relax rather than bore (as it might in less capable hands).  Tame Impala's usual markers are here too. Lovely harmonies, lots of reverb, lush soundscapes and a laid back tempo combine to sound like what driving around in a convertible with friends in the middle of summer with no obligations would sound like if it were compressed into three minutes and thirteen seconds. Put it in your ears!


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