It’s real psychedelia without being dressed up in strange war paint or being created in the loins of Brooklyn.
The Syd Barrett-song writing, the Lennon-esque vocals and the Roky Erikson-oddness are the perfect blend of ’60s bliss with an inventive feel.
The main songwriter and vocalist, Kevin Parker, said he began working on material as soon as the band’s debut album Innerspeaker was released.
Parker did his recording while on the road with the band.
“I’ve got a recording thing with me at the moment,” said Parker. “I can do vocal takes and guitar takes wherever I am, so it [got] recorded all over the world.”
Although, the album itself doesn’t sound like it’s from this world at all.
It’s spacey, it’s dreamy, it’s child-like and profound.
The band was heavily Inspired by Todd Rundgren’s 1973 album A Wizard, a True Star, but also by Britney Spears.
It’s a throwback, but it’s fresh. There isn’t the feel of hey-let’s-make-a-60s-sounding-album; it flows so natural.
On the single, ‘Elephant’, the syncopated melody line is nothing short of early Pink Floyd; the listener is immediately lost in the visceral swirl that feels reminiscent of a nursery rhyme you’re sure you’ve heard before.
This, folks, is how you write a sophomore album; this is how you top a widely successful debut.