Song: Elephant by Tame Impala
I am aware of Tame Impala on a very small level. I know Pitchfork and other reputable journalistic sites were big fans of Innerspeaker, the band’s debut album. But “Elephant”, the first single off their new album Lonerism was my first time truly listening to the Australian psychedelic group. And what strikes me off the bat is the heavy, driving groove. For a band that label themselves as bordering on psychedelic/experimental rock, “Elephant” has its roots dug firmly in modern blues rock. The fuzzy guitar line, alongside the fleeting bass licks and jive synths midway through the song give off an eerie sense of coolness; this is the type of song begging to be used in a Cadillac commercial (it even references the car in the song so when the 2013 SRX Luxury Crossover has this as its commercial track, you head it here first). The layered bass-heavy synths on the tracks back half add the alternative “space rock” qualities I, and maybe other fans of the band, were expecting. Its abrupt ending is a beautiful middle finger for a song that is too cool to give a fuck. It’s one of the best songs 2012 has offered thus far.