In 2022 the landmark album by Tame Impala (Kevin Parker) ‘Lonerism’ turned 10. To mark the occasion the band performed the album in full at the California festival, Desert Daze. The ‘Lonerism’ 10 Year Anniversary Box Set will be released on 26 May with pre-orders available now.
The 3 LP box set features a 24-page booklet, unreleased ‘Lonerism’ demos and never before heard demo sessions. Anniversary edition artwork was designed by Erin Knutson and Immanuel Yang, with additional photography by Matt Sav and Kevin Parker.
“Difficult to sum up what the album means to me at this point. It was a pretty special time making the music for me. In a way, it’s when I truly discovered myself as an artist. Coming off the back of ‘Innerspeaker’ I had this new sense of purpose…calling…whatever you want to call it. I had finally given myself permission to let music take over my being completely…to become totally immersed in my own world of recording music. So I had this new sense of creative freedom. I felt free to be ambitious, weird, pop, experimental, whatever, and didn’t feel judged because I was finally just doing it for myself and believed in myself. For the most part anyway…”Kevin Parker
‘Lonerism’ was recorded both at Kevin Parker’s home studio in Perth and in Paris. The album received an almost unprecedented 9.0 ‘Best New Music’ on Pitchfork. The album included the singles ‘Elephant’ and ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ which received massive airplay and launched Tame Impala into the mainstream.
The album topped 2012 year-end lists and was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards and won multiple ARIA Awards. Since its release ‘Lonerism’ has gone on to be ARIA certified platinum, RIAA certified gold, and platinum in multiple territories and has reached nearly 2 billion lifetime streams.
Tame impala’s most recent album, ‘The Slow Rush’, released 3 years ago, landed at #1 in multiple territories and was his highest charting album to date in both the US and UK with 14 top 10 chart positions around the world.
Tame Impala recently teamed up with the Gorillaz for the track ‘New Gold’ (Feat. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown).
Photo credit: Dana Trippe