This afternoon, the band NOVA debuted their latest song, a cover of Tame Impala’s "Let It Happen". It was a departure from what NOVA usually do, and from what I usually listen to, and I liked it. I went and listened to Tame Impala’s original, and noticed it had close to 60 million plays on YouTube and at least that many on Spotify. How could a band be that popular without my having heard of them, I wondered, then remembered that a lot of the music I listen to on Spotify and YouTube has maybe 20,000 plays…
I checked Wikipedia, which had this to say…
Tame Impala is the psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker. In the recording studio, Parker writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project’s music. As a touring act, Tame Impala consists of Parker (guitar, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). The group has a close affiliation with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, sharing members and collaborators, including Nick Allbrook, formerly a live member of Tame Impala. Originally signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is now signed to Interscope Records in the US and Fiction Records in the UK.
Parker originally conceived the project in Perth in 2007. After a series of singles and EPs, Tame Impala’s debut studio album, Innerspeaker, was released in 2010; it was certified gold in Australia and well received by critics. Parker’s 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Tame Impala’s third album, Currents, was released in July 2015, and like its predecessor, it won ARIA Awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. Parker won the APRA Award for Song of the Year 2016 for Currents’ first track, "Let It Happen". The fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, was released on 14 February 2020. At the 2020 ARIA Music Awards, the group won five trophies.
Anyway, here are five by Tame Impala for your Friday enjoyment…
- New Person, Same Old Mistakes
- Lost In Yesterday
- Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
- Let It Happen
And that’s Five For Friday, February 18, 2022.