Tame impala have always provided a nice groove with their psychedelia. It was really proven by Kevin Parker’s addition to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk album this past year. Now the new Currents by Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala continues to explore this groove and it sounds great. The last couple Tame Impala records were more interesting than this one but it appears Kevin is not interested in making the same album over again. Currents is available 7/17/2015 PRE-ORDER NOW
Tame Impala Currents
Much has changed since Tame Impala first emerged with an EP of dusty home recordings in 2008. By and large Kevin Parker’s approach to recording has not, though the sound coming out of his home studio though has vastly expanded, as has the number of people anticipating the fruits of his labour. Tame Impala’s third album is titled Currents, and on it Parker addresses a blindingly colourful panorama of transition in the most audacious, adventurous fashion he’s yet to capture on record.
Dense with heady lyrical introspection, musically the most playful, bold and varied Tame Impala record to date, Currents is Parker putting down his weapons and embracing change as the only constant – sonically, thematically, and personally.
Musically, Currents sounds like the work of a player on top of his game and having a blast, Parker indulging his whims and unafraid to dive down the rabbit hole after an idea. Again operating as a one man studio band, Parker’s resultant record calls to mind contemporary hip hop production, Thriller, fried 70s funk, the irreverent playground Daft Punk presented on Discovery, swathes of future pop and emotional 80’s balladry, all filtered through a thoroughly modern psychedelic third eye. A genre-bending soundscape fuelled equally by curiosity as it is consciousness, it’s exhilarating new territory for Tame Impala.
Lyrically the record finds Parker in a very different place in 2015 to where he was seven years ago. Currents maps Parker’s evolution through these and finds him a brand new person. In parts of both 2010’s Innerspeaker and 2012’s Lonerism Tame Impala sounded like a guy on the outer wanting in, and now that he has finally arrived Parker seeks to make sense of the new world in which he finds himself. Stopping to reflect on the road behind, where he finds himself currently, and the road ahead, Currents spans a tumultuous time.
The first track from the record to be unveiled, Let It Happen, is a perfectly encapsulating preview of what lies ahead. Coming in just short of eight minutes, Let It Happen traverses a swag of sonic terrain in its duration. The drums and Parker’s vocal introduction lull the listener with a sense of familiarity, until it all sweeps up into a cosmos once populated only by French robots, with insistent melody, broken machine loops, synthetic orchestration, surfing vocoder and a shredding guitar outro.
Typically, initial Tame Impala recordings saw Parker’s vocal hidden beneath a layer of psychedelic fuzz, drenched in reverb, lyrics ambiguous. Currents finds his voice front and centre, so no bones are made about his intent.
Sketched out in planes, cars, hotels and homes since the completion of Lonerism in 2012, pieced together over the later part of 2014 and early 2015 at home in Fremantle, Western Australia, Currents was written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker.
Tame Impala presents Currents, a soundtrack to life’s turbulent flow.
Tame Impala are finding it very easy to sell out concerts these days.
Aug 01 Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival (SOLD OUT)
Aug 04 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
Aug 06 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (SOLD OUT)
Aug 07 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (SOLD OUT)
Oct 02 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Oct 05 Upper Darby Township, PA @ Tower Theatre
Oct 06 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 09 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits