Tame Impala are undoubtedly one of the most in-demand Aussie acts going around. With a dedicated fan base that will happily buy anything that Kevin Parker puts his name to, some opportunists may see this as an easy way to make some quick cash. With one scammer doing exactly that, Kevin Parker has taken to social media to make his feelings known.
A few months ago, a record entitled Unreleased Songs & Demos showed up on some online retailers, promising listeners a peek into Kevin Parker’s vaults of rarities. But there’s just one problem – it’s fake.
Taking to Instagram earlier today, Kevin Parker noted that the record itself consists of old demos that were ripped from YouTube, which were in turn ripped from Tame Impala’s MySpace page back in 2007. Parker closes his message with the sage advice of, “nothin special… don’t bother.”
Some fans had realised something was up a little bit earlier though. A user commented on the release’s page on online music marketplace Discogs stating that “This record sounds like the online versions of these songs.”
“Some of them have a little sharper quality than others,” they continued. “‘Latenight Moonlight’ is the phasiest, but so are the versions of it found online. Overall not bad for a bootleg and a cool disc to have for any early Tame fan. ‘Into The Jungle’ is even pre-Tame Kevin.”
Notably, Discogs has also blocked the sale of the release, a move they usually undertake if a release is found to be illegal or fraudulent. Likewise, there’s no telling how long this record has been fooling fans, but its credits note a release date of 2013. Whether this is true or not is up for debate, but considering that the fanatical followers of the cult of Kevin only submitted this record to Discogs’ database six months ago, this might be a rather recent release.
While fans are already stoked about the fact that Kevin parker is set to release a Collector’s Edition of Tame Impala’s most recent record, Currents, in only a few days, many others are looking at the end of Parker’s Instagram post as an indicator of new music to come.
Closing his post with the words “Hell i’ll release a real one if you really want,” some fans are clinging onto the hope that a legitimate record of early Tame Impala demos will be on the horizon. Only time will tell.
Check out Tame Impala’s ‘Let It Happen’ below:
Tame Impala’s ‘Unreleased Songs & Demos’ Bootleg Track List
‘Milky Way Spiral Gets A New Arm’
‘My Lover Mother Nature’
‘Into The Jungle’
‘When The Feelings In The Core’