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I have seven songs ready. In late , Parker ran into some problems with the new album: "I had all these demos , half of the new album, on my iPod. And I've got a hole in my bag and it fell out somewhere between Amsterdam and London. So I've been really freaked out recently that the album's just going to turn up on YouTube , half finished, or that it's just going to come out under some other Dutch band name.
The recording of the album was completed by late , while the mixing of the album was started on 7 December and completed on 2 March , with Parker again enlisting the help of famed producer Dave Fridmann after Fridmann mixed previous album Innerspeaker. A controversial music video for the track "Mind Mischief" was filmed on the premises of Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted , England.
However, for the second album, he said, "I surrendered to temptation and desire to make an album that is really fucked up. But I also have a desire to sound like Britney Spears , I love pop music and bad plastics. On the one hand this album is weird and fucked up, but on the other hand it's very pop.
The big thing that was difficult to put a lid on was the excessiveness of really cheesy pop things. For whatever reason, I started to become obsessed with pop melodies and pop chord progressions. I fell in love with the disposable-ness of it. Maybe it was because we had suddenly become involved in this indie scene, and a part of my personality was trying to reject whatever environment I was in; we were in love with the idea that people would hate it.
We just let ourselves go, doing these six-minute prog-pop pieces. Parker explained his decision to explore pop elements in Lonerism :  "For me I love everything; every kind of element available. I would never do a pop melody just to sell more records or anything. I genuinely love the emotion that a pop song can use to touch me. Pop music is in a way so much more pure than all other types of music — there's no intellectual level; it's just pure feelings. Fellow Tame Impala member, Jay Watson revealed in an interview that Lonerism has "got lots of synths on it, but it's got lots of everything on it.
It's got all the sort of stuff that was on the first one and a whole lot more stuff. Parker was "at my friend's studio one day and he had this kind of vintage synth. I'd never played one before, and I just put my finger on one of the keys and found this whole unique world in a key I love finding new ways of making crazy sounds.
Parker also stated that "[ Lonerism ] will be the kind of music that I felt as though I wanted to make during Innerspeaker , but I felt that it was too much of a jump. Back when I was doing Innerspeaker , I felt like I should make an album with only guitars, and use no synths, because I felt like it was a compromise to what we do. But I now know that it's not. Speaking of the album's "explosiveness" Parker said "With Innerspeaker I was more into melodies that beam at you rather than wash over you.
This time, I want the songs to be like waves that hit you rather than you swimming in an ocean of melody. It features poppy verses featuring piano stabs and a poppy melody.
The choruses and outro of the song feature the classic Tame Impala sound, only more lush and expansive, with heavy guitar overdubs and synth effects. Parker has "always respected Jay immensely as a songwriter". Lyrically, Parker views Lonerism as being almost like a prequel to previous album Innerspeaker , stating "[ Lonerism is] quite a childish album, almost like a persona who turns into the one from Innerspeaker.
That's kinda what I hear anyway". Whereas this album is like the child version of that, someone growing up and discovering other people and just realising their place is not involved with the rest of the world kind of thing. Like discovering that you're a loner.
Most of the songs are really about other people, being amongst other people. It's really just the idea of being someone who doesn't feel part of the rest of the world, someone trying to figure out where their place amongst everyone else is, and having a really confusing time with it and then slowly accepting that it's in their blood just to be a solitary wanderer.
It's meant to put it in a positive light but also a negative light, as the album progresses. Parker revealed that the album title and general themes of isolation and introspection were selected when "We were touring so much and doing all these gigs and going to places with people.
It reminded me of when I was a kid trying to be social and trying to be a people person and realising that I'm not. The last years of touring and me being a people person is just something that's not in my blood.
All these cool parties just make me realise I'm just a total outcast. I just can't really talk to anyone without feeling stupid. Multiple songs from Lonerism also feature ambient sounds recorded by Parker on his dictaphone , which Parker explained "I obsessively record sounds wherever I am.
Like, if I'm at a train station, I'll record the trains or a megaphone talking. I love ambient sounds. For me it's like taking photos. I love the idea of recording a collection or a library of weird sounds of stuff. Parker said "it's meant to sound like there's this dinner party going on and there's music playing in the background" and "for me it makes the listener feel even more alienated", which ties in with the theme of isolation.
Parker recorded this because "The street had a weird shape to it and it had a cool reverb whenever someone walked by.
You see that run through the album. You can hear my walking on the tar and then the wind blowing and then finally the water where you can hear waves and a girl talking before it chops off. I guess it's recording my being alone even though I'm not.
In addition to being influenced by him, Todd Rundgren also contributed a remix of the first single, "Elephant", and Tame Impala added a cover of Rundgren's song "International Feel" to their setlist. Parker once again selected Australian artist Leif Podhajsky to create the artwork for Lonerism , after he created the artwork for Innerspeaker and its singles.
The image for Lonerism was personally taken by Parker with a Diana F camera and edited by Podhajsky; it features an exterior gate of the Luxembourg Garden in Paris , France. This image ties into the themes of isolation of Lonerism with the gate separating the viewer from the people in the Gardens. The meaning behind the image was also lost on some people, which Parker went into detail, saying, "I didn't know whether people were going to get what the picture was getting at.
Which was great in the end because I love that people can look at that picture and just see a picture of some people and think, "What's the big deal? Upon closer inspection there is more going on in the image, Parker explains: "I love the expression of people's faces in this picture. It's kind of this snap shot of life, and the more you examine, if you're going to get the vinyl version, you can really examine what's going on in the picture.
There's some guy touching himself, I think, having some kind of fun. Lonerism lacks a chorus that instantly pops like "Solitude Is Bliss", which is an issue only if you think the best melodies necessarily need to appear in the middle of the song. Does it make you feel anything? That's a fairly common concern in this realm. It justifies the headphones-bound quarantine. What distinguishes Tame Impala is how they are able to explore the emotional difference between being alone and being isolated.
Endors Toi. Apocalypse Dreams. Mind Mischief. Music to Walk Home By. Why Won't They Talk to Me? Keep on Lying. She Just Won't Believe Me. Sun's Coming Up. Be Above It Kevin Parker. Endors Toi Kevin Parker. The song will go for like 30 seconds. But the words have to be meaningful. I try to synchronise certain words with the best parts of the melody, but it can be really difficult and does my head in. I usually write lyrics from a persona rather than tell a specific story.
Parker's music is heavily influenced by late s and early s psychedelic rock ,  which is achieved through various production methods. Parker said that he has a "fetish for extremely sugary pop music" from artists like Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue.
Combining these two things, My Bloody Valentine have influenced Parker's music with their contrasting combination of loud guitars and ethereal melodies. Parker has "always been in love with the wall of sound as employed by My Bloody Valentine" and he tries to capture that "melancholy dreamy feel". The instruments are quite sonically brutal, but the voice is really soft, and I think that kind of resonates with people.
It's kind of like My Bloody Valentine, where it's really brutal sounding, but kind of beautiful at the same time". Electronic music is another influence. Parker has used rock instrumentation in an electronic manner, saying "The way we do music, it's organic, but it's meant to be quite repetitive and hypnotic, almost in a kind of electronic nature.
Using our playing as though it was a living sample". Parker mentioned this by saying "I had a few obsessions when recording Innerspeaker. One was to make the guitars sound like synths and drums sound like drum samples and pretty much anything except guitars and drums. I'm obsessed with confusing people as to the origin of a sound. When I started playing music I got the same feeling from making a song, even if it was just a few noises or drum patterns put together. It was all about the buzz from making something from nothing.
Lo-fi music is also a favourite of Parker's, and he incorporated it heavily in the early days of Tame Impala, heard prominently on the Tame Impala EP. With the release of Innerspeaker , Parker went for a different approach to a lo-fi sound, aiming more for a more cosmic and sonic wall of sound , helped by mixer Dave Fridmann. Parker explained "It sounds more cohesive, like an organism. I love that sound. Parker has also stated that Supertramp , one of his favourite bands, are a major influence on the musical style of Tame Impala.
Despite their difference in sound, he feels he is always somewhat "channeling Supertramp". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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