Published Sep 22, 2008The latest signing by Modular demonstrates that the financially struggling label isn't about to slow down the process of building its empire of ridiculously shit-hot artists. It also gives us a peek at yet another new artist coming through the pipes of Australia's glowing music scene.
Having already given us the massively consumed likes of Cut Copy, the Presets and Ladyhawke, among others, Modular now presents a young trio from Perth called Tame Impala. Continuing the label's tradition of retro fascination, Kevin Parker, Dominic Simper and Jay Watson look and sound as if they came straight from a dusty time capsule marked with the date 1968. However, where most bands looking to live and breathe the '60s do it with a ridiculous supply of pretentiousness, these three innocents appear as if they don't know how to do it any other way.
Taken from their forthcoming EP, due next month, and offered as a free download from their official site, "Skeleton Tiger" begins like a throwaway Pavement riff that was found and dropped into an acid bath, morphing into a sonic blast of colour-changing fuzz and note-bending psychedelia. This paves the way for the mind-bending meltdown that occurs with Watson's drums multiplying in a delayed sequence of tripped-out euphoria, while Parker and Simper flex their expansive wrists until it all converges back into the first verse for the close.
Tame Impala "Skeleton Tiger" (fan made video)