Tame Impala bandleader Kevin Parker has purchased the Western Australian recording studio where he recorded the psych-rock project’s debut album Innerspeaker, and also worked on 2015’s Currents.
As Property Observer reports, Parker bought the Yallingup property – known as Wave House – for $2.75 million, down from its original asking price of $3.7 million. Built in the 1980s by US music producer Ken Eichenberg, it’s been a vital space for artists for decades, and its studio space has also been utilised by the likes of The Beastie Boys and Fatboy Slim.
256 kilometres south of Perth, the studio and residential property sits on a 50-acre block of land that features views of the Indian Ocean and includes a limestone amphitheatre that can fit up to 300 people.
Tame Impala’s latest record, The Slow Rush, arrived back in February of this year, recorded in Los Angeles along with Parker’s home studio in Fremantle. In our review, we said album four saw the band “no longer immersed in the swirling technicolour of psychedelic rock, but instead staying afloat atop the controlled chaos of maximalist pop – with a Kevin Parker twist, of course.”
Last week, Parker and bandmates Jay Watson and Dominic Simper performed a socially-distanced NPR Tiny Desk Concert, performing The Slow Rush‘s ‘Breathe Deeper’ and ‘Is It True’ along with 2019 single ‘Patience’.