New Releases | October 6th 2012


This week sees a handful of noteworthy album releases with the most prominent being the new Tame Impala LP Lonerism. The hype has been building for this one for a while now and on early listens it doesn’t disappoint. There is a huge widescreen sound happening with Kevin Parker’s trademark psych signature all over the guitars, drums and increasingly – synths.

San Diego’s The Soft Pack release Strapped this week, the follow-up to their brilliant self titled album that made the upper reaches of our ‘best of ‘list for 2010. Strapped finds them in the same indie agit-rock vein with some new wave-ish diversions and experimentations.

Moon Duo is another project for Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips fame and though they are working in a very similar area to his day band the duo use synths and some brighter and twitchier textures to create some fantastic droning psych rock. Think a modernist boogie take on Suicide. We’ll have a full review of the new record up soon.

For those who appreciate quality americana, Iris DeMent has a new record out. Sing The Delta is her first LP in 16 years and finds her in fine form with her country twang venturing into some wonderful southern soul territory.

Check out the Rdio streams of all this week’s featured new releases:

LISTEN: Tame Impala | Elephant (single)

Here is the first official release from Tame Impala’s new album Lonerism, out on October 5th via Modular Recordings. This thing rocks like its lumbering namesake and casts a nod to Black Sabbath amid its bouncy glam riffing and tripped out middle sequence where the keyboards take centre stage. It is the perfect balance of calm and tripped out cosmic psych rock with kosmiche flourishes.

Tour Dates

July 28 – Splendour In The Grass Festival – Byron Bay, Australia
August 1 – Council Bluffs – Iowa w/ The Black Keys, USA
August 3 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, USA
August 5 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, Canada
August 11 – Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, USA
August 15 – Cine Joia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
August 17 – Queremos! Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
August 18 – Niceto Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 29 – Parklife Festival – Brisbane, Australia
September 30 – Parklife Festival – Sydney, Australia
October 1 – Parklife Festival – Perth, Australia
October 6 – Parklife Festival – Melbourne, Australia
October 7 – Parklife Festival – Adelaide, Australia
October 14 – Gebaude 9 – Cologne, Germany
October 15 – Bataclan – Paris, France
October 16 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
October 17 – Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany
October 19 – Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway
October 20 – Debaser – Stockholm, Sweden
October 22 – Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
October 23 – Postbahnhof – Berlin, Germany
October 25 – Fluc – Vienna, Austria
October 26 – Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
October 27 – Les Docks – Lausanne, Switzerland
October 29 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 30 – Brixton Academy – London, UK
November 1 – Ritz – Manchester, UK
November 2 – Leadmill – Sheffield, UK
November 3 – ABC – Glasgow, UK

NEW MUSIC: Tame Impala album artwork and tracklisting

Perth’s Tame Impala are set to release their long awaited 2nd album Lonerism on October 8th via Modular People. It follows their highly successful debut Innerspeaker which was released in 2010 and featured in a ton of end of year ‘best of’ lists.

You can pre-order the album now:

Mod Shop / iTunes [AU] / iTunes [US] / iTunes [UK] / JB Hi Fi / GetMusic /Sanity / Resident Music / Norman Records / / Amazon /Rough Trade


1. Be Above It
2. Endors Toi
3. Apocalypse Dreams
4. Mind Mischief
5. Music To Walk Home By
6. Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
8. Keep On Lying
9. 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