Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (2 of 7)
Lonerism, the fantastic new album from Tame Impala, is in many ways a mind-bending listening experience; but its pop sensibilities also provide some of the most infectious hooks of the year. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” will weave its way inside your head to the point where you are gleefully humming it in the shower and forgetting entirely that the song’s lyrics are painfully depressing. Parker, pining over an unrequited love, sings about how he’s “just holding on to the hope that maybe your feelings don’t show.” It’s a sad song wrapped up in a love songs package, which strikes me as an appropriate format for representing the way romance actually functions for most young lovers. Especially for the “loners” that Parker wants to identify himself with. There is a sense that the songwriter is watching love slowly pass him by so he has reverted into a world of blissful pop as a means for comfort. All of that thematic unpacking is interesting but, ultimately, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” is just a gorgeous tune that builds a warm melody from 70′s era synths, a jaunty bass line, and a lilting falsetto. Throw it on the next time you a need a distraction from the crushing realization that you are never going to find true love.