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Is the New Tame Impala Record Actually a Republican Manifesto?

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Is the New Tame Impala Record Actually a Republican Manifesto?

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Australian music-making with instruments people Tame Impala’s second record Lonerism is out this week, and they’ve just released a visual interpretation of the song “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” It’s a fitting title, because the song, and the video, are decidedly backwards-looking. Got to say, this would’ve been a lot more poignant of a release had the results of the election gone in the other direction this week; this could be the Republican theme song, minus the whole it being good part. Although the past they’re always talking about returning to over there tends to skip over that minor blip in the cultural radar known as the 60s, which this song, and the rest of the psychotomimetic album feel beamed from, so maybe forget that whole thing I just said.

Now that I’m looking over the tracklist for the record, which you can stream here, maybe that Republican thing isn’t so far off — or whatever it is they call their assholes in Australia. “Keep On Lying”? Ok, that one is obvious. “Elephant”? That’s the Republican mascot! “Apocalypse Dreams”? You mean, like, if socialism takes over the world like it’s definitely about to? “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Can Control”? ?  “Why Won’t They Talk To Me?” Is this a rock record or Karl Rove’s Tumblr ask box?

Anyway, the music is good, so if they are actually conservatives, and this isn’t just a series of coincidental titles I’ve invented for the sake of a blog post, then that represents the first time that’s ever happened. Good on ya, mates. (Because they say that in Australia).

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