To stave off pining for holidays Chef’s been escaping with Innerspeaker by Tame Impala on Modular. It opens with the dreamy, drummy ‘It Isn’t Meant To Be’ with a sunset bass line and Kevin Parker’s folky song drifting in and out, before the guitar and vocal led melody of ‘Desire Be Desire Go’ starts.
‘Alter Ego’ is up next with a driving dance beat and a distorted instrumental reminiscent of rising heat on a road bending the light – then the vocal breaks in and it builds into a rolling summer rave. Later, ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind’ has a psychedelic swirling bass and a howling vocal with drums moving in-between, before the big rock of ‘Solitude Is Bliss’ with its trademark echoey vocals.
‘Jeremy’s Storm’ is sun glare seen across a beach from a moving car, then ‘Expectation’ is a rollercoaster of vulnerable vocals. The blues set in towards the end with deep bass and drums on ‘Bold Arrow Of Time’ followed by pulsing thick noise on ‘Runway, Houses, City, Clouds’. Swaggering in to close the album is the anthemic ‘I Don’t Really Mind’ – all drums and fuzzy guitars spilt apart by an amazing astral break down that builds up with hopeful futurism before going back to the chorus. Masterful – as is the echoing artwork by Leif Podhajsky. Chef’s Kiss!