Coming off the back of critical adoration for their genre bending album Currents, Tame Impala play two massive sold out shows at Alexandra Palace.
Joe Young

00:11 19th August 2016

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Opening with the fantastic opener to Currents, ‘Let it Happen’, a monster anthem with otherworldly guitar and synth lines, Tame Impala seamlessly glide from psychedelica to disco whilst sounding superior than on record.

The most interesting facet of a Tame Impala show is that you are getting a fantastic mix of styles. Parker whips the crowd into a frenzy with aggressive riff heavy songs like ‘Elephant’, but then unleashes 80’s disco bass lines in ‘Less I Know The Better’. You could walk out at one point, immersed in a psychedelic 60’s Led Zeppelin tribute and then return ten minutes later to a unique disco fusion, such is the development that Kevin Parker has introduced with Currents. 

Furthermore, in terms of value for money (thirty pounds for a band with three fantastic albums) this is unparalleled. An amazing, gothic location at Ally Pally, great entertainment for psychedelic, pop and rock fans alike and an incredible burst of confetti as they close.

Parker wanted to achieve on Currents, as he described in an interview with The Independent, “music being danceable but also something you can disappear into.”

Tame Impala are undisputedly a success in this regard throughout the set, particularly when they close with ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’, an introspective but still exuberant epic.

Rather than any mistakes, this is a flawless set from an artist who is at the top of his game. Who knows where he will go next?

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