Tame Impala have gradually been growing in stature towards becoming one of the biggest bands on the planet since their last album ‘Currents’ was released in 2015, and along with Kevin Parker’s close ties to producer Mark Ronson and now pop royalty, Lady Gaga, more and more people are recognising the band and discovering their music. However with Parker, as lead singer and frontman of the band being the main figurehead, it may come as a surprise that bass player Cameron Avery is set to release his first solo album this coming March, entitled ‘Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams’. The album is said to be heavily inspired by big band and the legends of the 50’s and 60’s which sounds like an interesting cocktail for a contemporary record. Avery cited:

I wanted to make something that sounded like the old records I love—Johnny Hartman, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sarah Vaughan, Etta James—the big band stuff with less metaphorical lyrics.

Avery is also credited within Tame Impala as being a multi instrumentalist as well as a songwriter and therefore the move into solo territory may bare incredible fruits and will certainly be one to watch in the coming months. One singular negative that can be taken from this is that it may mean no new Tame Impala music will be coming out anytime soon. In a truly awful world it may mean a change in dynamic if not the end for the Australian psych outfit, although so far there’s been no reporting of issues within the band at this time, and speculation may only breed criticism, so instead, let’s look forward to March and see what Cameron Avery has to offer.

Along with the album announcement, Avery has shared the first single from the album, Wasted On Fidelity.  The track is stripped back and worlds away from the infamous sound of Tame Impala. It definitely coincides with the 50’s and 60’s inspiration aforementioned. The vocals shine through, complimented by a perfect blend of acoustic sounds. The track serves as a perfect taster of what we can expect and provides a brilliant platform for Avery’s talent as a solo artist and not just a “member of that band”. We can’t wait for the album to be released and when it is, be sure to head back to as we review it in full.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music) & Robert Smith (@robertmsmith)


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