Listen: Tame Impala remixed by ’70s icon Todd Rundgren
The legendary American producer behind Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, XTC’s Skylarking and New York Dolls by New York Dolls has given Tame Impala’s new single ‘Elephant’ a fuzzed-out electronic makeover.
Todd Rundgren – an original member of late-’60s garage act the Nazz who later embarked on a wildly eclectic solo career – has remixed the track for a digital iTunes package that also includes a reworking by Sydney labelmates Canyon. As expected (for anyone familiar with Rundgren’s back catalogue, at least), the remix is trippy and dense, playing on the track’s paranoid themes, before building to a dramatic end. (And, hey, is that some scratching we hear at 3.54?)
‘Elephant’ is taken off Tame Impala’s forthcoming second album Lonerism, which is due out on October 5 on Modular Recordings. Like Tame Impala’s 2010 debut Innerspeaker, Lonerism was recorded and produced almost entirely by frontman Kevin Parker in “studios, planes, hotels and homes around the world”, and later mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT). It was described by FL as displaying a maturity in composition and playing beyond its years: “Tame Impala have taken from the past, updated and reinterpreted it for modern ears.”
In an interview with FL sister site Mess+Noise last year, frontman Kevin Parker said Rundgren’s 1973 opus A Wizard, a True Star was a big influence on the making of the record.