Hear This: Tame Impala - Patience
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Image by Julio Enriquez via FlickrOpening with a strong piano-driven intro, the Australian act has produced yet another anthem oozing in memorable refrains set off by Kevin Parker's distinct vocal style. The upbeat melody is perfect as we transition to longer days and sunnier spells but this is juxtaposed by aptly antipodean lyrics that express doubtful self-awareness and anticipate the future apprehensively. The first line asks, "Has it really been that long? Did I count the days wrong?", mirroring the hiatus taken between their third album and this new single. Parker closes the song with, "Time takes from everyone", by way of explanation.
These grounded, intimate lyrics are a world away from the abstract 'Elephant' which propelled Tame Impala into the mainstream music scene seven years ago, but the atmosphere has been expertly crafted as ever.