In last Friday’s installment of the triple j cover series Like A Version, Tame Impala took on Edwyn Collins‘ 1994 hit, “A Girl Like You”. The Kevin Parker-led Australian psych outfit also performed their original “Breathe Deeper” from The Slow Rush, which came just days before the release of a new music video for the track on Tuesday.
While “A Girl Like You” only rose to number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart upon release in December 1994, it became a smash hit worldwide. The song would take the top slots in Flemish Belgium and Iceland, and well as command top 10 positions in Australia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Parker and members of the Tame Impala touring outfit take on the hit with their trademark psych-meets-synth-pop stylings. The instrumentation is sparing with just a guitar, keyboard, and Parker at a mixing board while he also croons the earworm refrain in a bariton not heard on any Tame Impala records. “A Girl Like You” fits right into the band’s wheelhouse as the song quickly becomes a reverberated, wah-soaked alternative dream.
In contrast, the ensemble’s performance of their original “Breathe Deeper” comes to life with a much more vibrant drum track as well as Parker’s familiar falsetto. The impish performance was followed days later with the release of a new official video for the Slow Rush track. The Butt Studio-directed music video gives viewers a new perspective on the song as they are guided through the metamorphosis of nature while Parker lulls his repeated phrase.
Watch Tame Impala perform “A Girl Like You” and “Breathe Deeper” for triple j, as well as the new video for the latter song.
Tame Impala – “A Girl Like You” (Edwyn Collins)
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Tame Impala – “Breathe Deeper”
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Tame Impala – “Breathe Deeper” (Official Video)
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