Tame Impala have released two videos for their single “‘Cause I’m A Man.” Watch the Nicky Smith-directed surrealist, animated video and the Dan Dipaola & Megan McShane-directed “Live Version” featuring muppet-like puppets below.
TAME IMPALA “‘CAUSE I’M A MAN” MUSIC VIDEO
TAME IMPALA “‘CAUSE I’M A MAN” “LIVE VIDEO”
Delving deeper and deeper into space funk, Tame Impala have released the 2nd single from their upcoming 2015 album, Currents. Watch the official music video for "'Cause I'm A Man" above, via the band's official YouTube. The band also sent out a press release that reveals how the song was produced:
Sketched out in planes, cars, hotels and homes since the completion of Tame Impala's worldwide critically acclaimed Lonerism in 2012, 'Cause I'm a Man' and 'Let It Happen' were written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker in Fremantle, Western Australia.
The song has a slow, breezy vibe, but there's a lot going on. Much like Kevin Parker's contributions to Mark Ronson's Uptown Special album ("Summer Breaking," "Daffodils," and "Leaving Los Feliz") the guitar tone is super thick and there's a sense of retro pop / R&B along the lines of Prince and Stevie Wonder. It's certainly a departure from the guitar-driven psychedelic hard rock we heard on Lonerism tracks like "Elephant" and "Mind Mischief."
The Nicky Smith-directed video offers some insight to the song's lyrics, which explores gender identity. We see men and women in various surreal positions, as there's a pretty obvious influence from the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. While the 3D digital video is taking Magritte's images into the future, the imagery of a disco and analog television screens are a throwback to 30+ years ago.
The other video, titled "Official Live Video," portrays muppet-ized versions of the band members performing the song. It's great for a laugh, but look somewhere else if you're searching for a live performance of the song, as this video has the same audio as the audio single and the other music video.
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