There's a pretty good chance that Tame Impala will end up being rock stars. They might already be over halfway there, but we're thinking rock stars in the Rolling Stones sense. Pictures of everyone in a convertible with, like, Mr. T and a vaguely familiar model and you know they're famous because why is Mr. T there? The answer is: We don't know! And we'll never know because we're just not on that level. For some people the top of the building is the eighth floor, but for others there's a secret 20th floor, etc etc. Tame Impala are not there yet, and it would be weird if they were hanging with Mr. T (who does he hang with btw? Just curious). Maybe they don't have the kind of asshole swagger necessary to get to that point, and maybe they can get there without it, but the music they make is so sweeping and huge and wide-open that it seems distinctly possible. That's why this Erol Alkan remix makes so much sense. Here, he takes the original's spaced out, bummer vibe and fills it out, ropes it in and brings it back to earth. Processed guitars and a steady, cold drum kick turn a song that sounds like it's about relationship purgatory into a colossal, but still nuanced piece of club music.
January 24, 2011