The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala – Kevin Parker – 2015, Australia
A friend of mine introduced this song was to me last winter. I had been listening to another song in which I particularly liked the bass line, so he recommended that I try Tame Impala. This song has an original bass pattern that jumps around a large range but keeps a repeated rhythm. It walks through the chord progressions keeping a continuous presence on the root note (Smith). The percussion and bass work together to emphasize the steady beat. This combined with a smooth high melody creates a pleasing blend of rhythms. My favorite part is when all of the sound cuts out for brief pauses contrasting with the continuous noise of the song.
The overall timbre of the song is smooth, it isn’t aggressive in a get-your-attention kind of way. The melody is light, the bass is full, the drums are present but not overpowering, and the synth in the background fills everything in. The fullness of the sound envelopes my ears in total sensation. I like that there is so much going on, it is comforting like background noise at a busy café. Even though the melody is clear, the bass competes for a spot in the spotlight. (‘Timbre’).
This song has an intro, verses, and outro; the chord progression changes for a couple of the off verses. I chose not to call the off verses a chorus because it doesn’t have the feeling of a true chorus. It doesn’t repeat the same lyrics, however this makes the song more real to me. The song tells a story of a jealous love after a break up, the repetition of the song seems appropriate since past feelings continue to come up despite trying to move on.
Smith, Jon. “Beginner’s Guide to Writing Better Bass Lines.” Music & Audio Envato Tuts+, 4 Apr. 2014, music.tutsplus.com/tutorials/beginners-guide-to-writing-better-bass-lines–cms-19879
“Timbre.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Jan. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbre