Tame Impala – Elephant [Listen]

Aussie psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are back with the quite frankly brilliant Elephant. First single from Lonerism, the follow up to their brilliant 2010 debut Innerspeaker, it’s chugging riffs, driving rhythm, seriously infectious bassline, fuzzy warm production and epic jams (all in the space of three and a half minutes!) evoke some serious early Pink Floyd vibes and even, as Martin pointed out to me across the office, hints of a heavier Beatles in there – If you really imagine, you can hear John Lennon in those vocals. [sorry, couldn’t resist.] It doesn’t stray from the sound they forged previously but they’re definitely back with a bang. It’s classic production and ethos meet a modern energy and style that really no one else manages like Tame Impala do. Elephant is a big tune and a great way to bring in the new album, no question about that.

Elephant is out now; available in all the usual places, and full-length Lonerism follows on October 5th (Australia) / October 8th (United Kingdom) / October 9th (United States). Preorder links can be found over on their website. Track listing is as follows.

Lonerism

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

Emancipator – Elephant Survival [Listen]

Fresh back from the christmas holiday season and I feel like I’ve already got a lot of things to catch up with. This one arrived before Christmas and seemed to go right under my radar.

Emancipator has released a brilliant new track with samples straight from the Elephant Revival track Forgiveness. It takes all the best bits from the original track and applies Doug Appling’s distinct ‘organic’ trip-hop style with great results. It’s also FREE which is always a bonus and leaves you with no reason not to check it out.

Elephant Survival by emancipator

If you want to catch him live, Emancipator is also on tour for the next couple of months (though there’s a distinct lack of UK shows!); dates are as follows.

1/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
1/19 – Lousiville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
1/20 – Nashville, TN @ MAI
1/21 – Atlanta, GA @ King Plow Arts Center
1/22 – Gainesville, FL @ The Vault
1/25 – Starkville, MS @ Rick’s
1/26 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
1/27 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/28 – Floyd, VA @ Sun Music Hall
2/1   – Philadelphia, PA @ Blockley Pourhouse
2/2   – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
2/3   – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
2/4   – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
2/5   – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
2/8   – Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
2/9   – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
2/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
2/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
2/14 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
2/15 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
2/16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
2/17 – Chicago, IL @ The Mid
2/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Loft at Barfly