Tame Impala – Antares, Mira, Sun

Skimming over the track names on the back of Antares, Mira, Sun, it becomes very clear that Tame Impala probably aren’t the most direct band you’ve ever heard. I mean, a band that calls a song Forty One Mosquitoes Flying in Formation isn’t really aiming to hit you over the head.

What this EP does offer in spades, though, is excellently crafted classic psych-rock. Skeleton Tiger goes from a –  “60s-styled chorus into a stripped-back raga before stomping back along a meaty riff. It’s a release that doesn’t lose focus even when it slides into the numerous freakouts on offer, and even if you do lose interest for a second, when it comes roaring back it’s hard to resist.

The classic rock vibes are palpable the whole way through, from the Cream-y guitar barrage of Glass Half Full of Wine to the entirely to the droning militia march of Forty One Mosquitoes Flying in Formation. The latter of the two is an unstoppable highlight, carried by a wordless chorus into a short, careening guitar solo.

There’s a mystic, trippy feel to everything Tame Impala offer here, which is what sets them above the riff-heavy nostalgics like Wolfmother. There are a few extra layers of complexity on offer here that will keep most people entranced, but 20 minutes of this kind of psychedelic fist-pumping is still pretty filling. By the end of the five songs here, it’s definitely run its course. Antares, Mira, Sun is a vibrant, exciting EP that can’t help being limited by a sense of sameness.

Antares, Mira, Sun is out now on Modular Records.