Tame Impala play great swooping psychedelic tracks. Their album is a wonder of retro modernism–sounding like you’ve heard it all before, but not quite. I had no idea that they’d be able to duplicate that sounds so effortlessly in concert. This small setting does nothing to diminish their epic sound “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind” is as soaring as ever. They throw a little jam on the end of “Solitude is Bliss” which really changes the sound of the song and shows that they don’t only play fuzz.
The interview is amusing because he forgets to take the echo off his voice for the first few questions. And we learn that the band plays barefoot.
“It’s Not Meant to Be” and “Desire Be Desire Go” are paced a bit slower and more ponderous than the record. I don’t love it as much this way, but I imagine it works well live. But overall, it’s a great set, check it out.
[READ: October 20, 2012] “The Small Hours”
This is the story of a writer losing his father. Justin’s father suffers from Leukemia–there’s a very nasty description of what happens when you have cancer in your spine. And he is not expected to live long. Justin is walking around in a fog.
He goes out with his writer friends (one is very pushy, trying to get him laid and wondering when he’s going to write the book about his dying father–Justin wonders when she will write her book about Justin and his dying father. They spend the small hours together trying to get through the ordeal.
There’s also a tender scene between Justin and his mother as they look through photos.
But overall, I feel like the story was both too long and too short. Too short in that there were several small episodes that were linked together but with very little in the way of details or connectivity. I’d accept that his fog offers the disconnect, but I’m not sure. And too long in that not a lot happened for there to be so much text. It felt like several excerpts from a novel. But I don’t think they are.
There were some wonderful details, really, wonderful details, in this story. But overall it didn’t have the intended impact.