Tame Impala’s Jay Watson has been quietly putting out solo records under the moniker of Gum, the most recent of which is his forth record The Underdog.
Fans of Tame Impala will certainly be able to find something to grasp onto here despite this record being filled with a much more electronic, psychedelic, synth-pop sound. As Watson explores this different style he slides up and down the tempo scale to create an expansive cosmic sound.
At times this record is weirdly captivating as it occasionally lulls you into a psychedelic trance.
Whilst everybody loves to cheer the underdog on to success this record unfortunately falls just short, primarily because it rarely breaks new ground and thus lacks an enduring pay-off.