Release Date: Mar 10, 2017
Record label: Anti/Epitaph
An indie crooner with an eye to the mid-century vocal era of a thirty-something Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Cameron Avery makes a surprising solo debut with Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. It's a distinct break from the psych-rock of his former band Pond and association with Tame Impala as touring bassist, as well as from his noisier garage revival band, the Growl. The Australian instead embraces strings, piano, and, on occasion, impulsive electric guitar inspired by early rock and scenes of the '60s.
Not all albums must strive for greater meaning. Plenty attempt and fall short. A great many seek a comforting adequacy--and even those don't always pan out. On his solo debut, Tame Impala bassist Cameron Avery veers away from psych-rock cosmic revelations in search of a pure musical greatness of times past.
Cameron Avery is perhaps best known for being Tame Impala's touring bassist. Bearing that in mind, what would you expect from his debut solo album? Perhaps a bit of pop-tinged psychedelic rock? Think again. The singer and multi-instrumentalist is taking us to the world of dark nights, smoke-filled streets and neon-lit alleyways on 'Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams', channelling the spirits of great crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra along the way.