Tame Impala have just released their latest album Lonerism and it's already being demanded that it wins this years J award. El from the AU review caught up with Kevin Parker and Dominic Simper, to hear what they had to say about the making of Lonerism and to sing some Edith Piaf.
Can you talk a bit about the making of Lonerism ? What was the most personal part of the process for you?
Kevin: Yeah, well it was just me, over a few months, at home. I just got the biggest room in my house and threw all of my studio gear in there. That’s kind of how I do it, yeah a Tame Impala album is just sort of a selection of what I’ve been working on, over the past two years or since the last album. So this album is a scooping up of the good stuff.
Cool, what’s your space where you produce at home like, visually?
Kevin: It’s just a room. With nice floorboards, aha.
Are you OCD is everything super clean or is there shit everywhere?
Kevin: Noooo, noooo….. shit everywhere. Yeah that’s how I like to, that’s when I feel the most creative.
Do you also feel most creative at a certain time of day?
Kevin: Not really, but you know it always ends up being early in the morning like 2 or 3am. For some reason that’s when everything comes, I think it’s because it’s when everyone else is asleep and there’s nothing else to be thinking about like what you’re doing tonight or who’s coming and going, it’s still, everything from the day is done.
Do you have a specific lyric writing process? Or do you just sort of pen it down when it comes to you?
Kevin: I usually babble off lyrics when I’m recording the first part of a song. Yeah, when I it’s a new idea, there will be some lyrics that just go with with the chorus/hook or whatever. And that will just be like a few words, and then I’ll wait two years to write the rest of the lyrics. And then it becomes really painstaking because I love lyrics that rhyme cleanly, that have a clever rhythm to them. Lyrics that have a certain rhythm and feel to it. So that ends up being kind of like a cross between pouring your soul out and doing a crossword puzzle.
Dom are you working on any other music projects other than Tame Impala?
Dom: Not really, we’re always making music at home; I work on my own stuff, but with Tame Imapla, the deal is that Kevin is responsible for the albums and the recording, and we’re kind of the soldiers who are there to realise that pure vision that Kevin has.
Kevin: Pure vision haha.
Dom: But yeah Tame Impala wouldn’t be what it is if we all had our greasy hands in it. That’s how it works.
Kevin: We do have our other things where we all have our greasy mitts on.
Are you getting greasy anywhere else?
Dom: Only with myself. Haha. Nah I’ve worked on some songs with a girl from Perth a bit , but I’m kinda busy enough with it.
So you recently spent time in Paris, and that’s where you connected with Melody Prochet? (of MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER)
Kevin: Yeah well she has all these songs and demos that she’s working on by herself, but she needed someone to turn it into a song that sounds technically good enough for her. She just needs someone to play with it like that. It was good for me because I wan’t really the thinker I was just the do-er. So it was good doing what I love without having to be the artist.
Yeah she’s come out with a really beautiful and strange sound. Strange, hmm, what’s the strangest or lamest thing you love?
Dom: Chocolate Milk.
Kevin: How is chocolate milk lame? That’s not lame!
It’s not! See, I love like… Edith Piaf, or Prison break.
Dom: Edith Piaf’s not lame at all!
Oh I have a hard time convincing people otherwise. Haha, okay Prison break is definitely lame.
Dom: Yeah I’ll give you that.
Kevin: Oh my lame thing…I don’t know….Can I tell you at the end? Don’t worry you’ll get a gem!
Yeah sure, okay in the meantime can you draw for me what Lonerism looks like?
Dom: I’m just going to draw a picture of Kevin.
Here is what Lonerism looks like according to Kevin Parker and Dominic Simper.
Kevin: Oh yeah…the lamest thing I love…Oh! 'I kissed a girl' by Katy Perry.
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