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EMPT Classics: Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss

Great songs are timeless, they resonate regardless of the time, place or people you hear it with. Tame Impalas Solitude is Bliss is one of those songs. Recently I’ve fallen in love with the art of mastery, if you’ve seen that Jiro Dreams of Sushi documentary you’ll know what I’m talking about. My relationship with music is a tricky one but without a doubt the more I put into it the more it gives back and right now I’m in a stage where my entire being is dedicated to it and it feels fantastic.

You will never come close to how I feel…”

As romantic as artistry seems when the final product is done, the journey there can often be lonesome road full of inner turmoils, endless work, pains, joys, discoveries and enlightenments. It’s a beautiful thing but it certainly requires one to appreciate objectivity and solitude. Anyone who knows what I’m talking about will hear this songs hook and immediately feel that rush through their body validating those endless nights trying to become good at what you love. One of my favorite songs from Tame Impala and most certainly an EMPT Classic. Re-enjoy.

Originally posted July 12, 2012

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Whoever left the comment asking for more rock either read my mind or you’re a close friend in disguise, either way I’m on to you and you’re suggestion came at the right time. I tend to go into these late 60s, early 70s psychedelic rock binges and that’s exactly where I am right now. The reason being is that the good psychedelia offers so much in terms of highly complex arrangements, creative use of effects, surreal lyrics, unique instrumentation and plain old good musicianship that one can get lost and entertained for days with a style that has so much to offer. Anyways, I needed to get my fix but this time I didn’t have to go back to the 60′s to get it. Tame Impala’s recently release LP Innerspeaker fit the bill to perfection.

The album is void of any definable single but my favorite song by far is Solitude is Blss. For the most part lyrics are used sparingly throughout the album but this track his the exception. The story is about a social rebel if you may who loves and finds beauty in solitude.

Space around me where my soul can breathe
I’ve got body that my mind can leave
Nothing else matters, I don’t care what I miss
Company’s okay
Solitude is bliss”

Now I don’t believe in any extreme’s so being a complete hermit is something I can’t condone but when it comes to appreciating and needing some alone time I couldn’t agree more. Throughout the song lead singer Kevin Parker is trying to explain how certain things are just different and only achievable through solitude but the person he’s saying it to is probably the exact and can’t seem to understand.

Don’t ask me how you’re supposed to feel
You will never come close to how I feel…”

This is a great track from a very good album, enjoy.

Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss