Tame Impala, the Amazing | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Tame Impala, the Amazing Recommended Member Picks 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Nov. 13, 9 p.m. 2012

On its latest album, Gentle Stream (Partisan), this irresistible Swedish group channels 70s rock—extended jams a la Neil Young and Crazy Horse, tenderly strummy Nick Drake-style ballads, et cetera—and bathes it in an enveloping analog glow. The Amazing's singer and songwriter, Christoffer Gunrup, builds hooky flower-power melodies into all his tunes, whether they hit hard or insinuate softly, and though his singing is almost twee (he sometimes reminds me of Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch), his excellent band pulls the music in the other direction—the music is often dense and forceful, thanks especially to Moussa Fadera's jazzy drumming and the psychedelic guitar of Reine Fiske (a member of the great Swedish psych-rock outfit Dungen). Rarely does heaviness feel so ethereal. —Peter Margasak Tame Impala headlines.

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