Tame Impala is the psychedelic rock project of Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia, and signed to Modular Recordings. The band rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of its debut album Innerspeaker and received critical acclaim for its 2012 album Lonerism. The band name “Tame Impala” is a reference to the impala, a medium-sized antelope.
Parker’s music is heavily influenced by late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic rock, which is achieved through various production methods. Some favoured and often-used effects by Parker include phasing, delay, reverb and fuzz.
Parker’s decision to make the music for Tame Impala in the studio by himself is a result of Parker liking “the kind of music that is the result of one person constructing an awesome symphony of sound. You can layer your own voice 700 times for half a second if you want, and I just love that kind of music”. However, Parker has to translate his music to a live setting with the band, and the band doesn’t play the songs until they have been recorded. “The only jamming that’s done as a band is done a long time after the song is recorded for the sake of the live environment. It’s good for us, because we can take a song that’s been recorded and do what we want to it: slow it down, speed it up, make it 10 seconds or 10 minutes long. It gives us a lot of freedom.”
Experimentation with different effects pedals has led to Parker creating new and unique sounds. “If you make an effort to not put the pedals in the order you’re meant to, then you’ll end up with something new sounding. We don’t have any things that we got from another planet or anything, it’s the same things everyone else has used.” “People have a distortion pedal and then a reverb pedal. A reverb is meant to make it sound like it’s in a cathedral or something. If you put it the other way around, it won’t sound like a guitar being played in a church, it’ll sound like a church being stuffed inside a shoebox and then exploded. You can do different things just by treating things differently.” – Wikipedia
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