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Failed Relationships and Vintage Synths: Review of Thundercat and Tame Impala's "No More Lies"

Jumat, 28 Apr 2023 18:39 WIB
Failed Relationships and Vintage Synths: Review of Thundercat and Tame Impala's
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Two musicians with animals on their names, often mistaken as a band, joined forces in a smoothly-layered track about failing relationships.The result is so seamless that you'd start to wonder, why does it take this long for Thundercat and Tame Impala to work on a track together? The sentiment seems to be shared by Thundercat-real name Stephen Bruner-who stated that "I've wanted to work with Kevin [Parker] since the very first Tame Impala album [...] I feel that I knew that us working together would be special. I've been excited about this song for a long time and hope to create more with Kevin in the future."

At a leisurely five minutes and a half, "No More Lies" takes listeners through a woozy romance destined to end. Brunner starts off confidently, with the lines "I'm sorry, girl, didn't mean to drag you in my dreams/Baby, no more lies/Feelin' free, that's the way it's s'posed to be/For you and me", before unloading about the issues in said relationship. Parker continues by stating that "I'll just be on my own, I'll just stay home alone/My troubles are my own", with Brunner chiming in "Unless she wants to come back", still holding out hope.

Aside from the pair's unmistakable vocals, Brunner's brand of jazzy funk mesh with Parker's neo psychedelia effortlessly-quite ironic that the music is smoother than its subject matter. In an awkward spoken word confession, Brunner admits that "I tell you the truth because I care, but I also lie to you because I care", further acknowledging that mending the relationship isn't as simple as the track's title suggests.

In a conversation with Rolling Stone, Brunner shared that, "There's a part of me that felt like we'd be in a band together [...] Even if we weren't in a band together, it just felt like we were definitely long lost bandmates from another era." Even if "No More Lies" is just a one-off track for now, imagine the possibilities.