I started so soon after finishing the last album, so it ended up being two years before the label was expecting to see something.
The album's theme of isolation is reflected in the album cover, featuring an image of a fenced-off Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.
Lonerism received critical acclaim, and many critics ranked it among the best albums of 2012.
Like the band's debut studio album, Innerspeaker (2010), Lonerism was written, recorded, performed, and produced by Kevin Parker, with live member Jay Watson contributing on two tracks.
Recorded mostly in Perth, Australia, and Paris, France, Lonerism builds on the psychedelic sound of its predecessor by featuring fewer guitars and more synthesisers and samples.
It reached number four on the charts in Australia, number 14 in the United Kingdom, and number 34 in the United States.
It has sold over 210,000 copies in the United States, and is certified platinum in Australia and silver in the UK.
As she lights the next match, she sees a vision of her grandmother, the only person to have treated her with love and kindness.
She strikes one match after another to keep the vision of her grandmother alive for as long as she can.
Parker attempted to incorporate his love for pop music into his songwriting for the record through catchier melodies.
Many tracks feature ambient sounds recorded by Parker with a dictaphone.
The girl takes shelter in a nook or alley and sits down. In their glow she sees several lovely visions, including a Christmas tree and a holiday feast.