Tame Impala

Tame Impala

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TAME IMPALA
 
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 80s 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 the varing rhythms of life these and finds him more or less a brand new person, albeit one making the same old mistakes – 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.
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Tame Impala Discography Tracks

Albums

Tame Impala Innerspeaker (Album) Modular Recordings US 2010 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Lonerism (Album, EP) Modular Recordings Canada 2012 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Live Versions (Album) Modular Recordings France 2014 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Currents (Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Caroline International, Caroline International, Universal Music, Universal Music Australia 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Tame Impala Tame Impala (EP) Modular Recordings UK 2008 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Half Full Glass Of Wine (Single) Modular Recordings UK 2008 Sell This Version
HITS003 Tame Impala Tame Impala(12", Ltd) Hole In The Sky HITS003 Australia 2008 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Sundown Syndrome (Single) Modular Recordings Australia 2009 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Solitude Is Bliss (Single) Modular Recordings, Modular Recordings Australia 2010 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Lucidity (Single) Modular Recordings 2010 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? (EP) Modular Recordings Australia 2011 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Single) Modular Recordings UK 2012 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Elephant (Single) Modular Recordings UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Apocalypse Dreams (Single) Modular Recordings 2012 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Mind Mischief Modular Recordings Australia 2012 Sell This Version
none The Flaming Lips / Tame Impala The Flaming Lips / Tame Impala - Peace And Paranoia Tour 2013(12", EP, Ltd, Col) Lovely Sorts of Death Records none US 2013 Sell This Version
MODVL183 Tame Impala Be Above It (12", S/Sided, Ltd) Modular Recordings MODVL183 Australia 2013 Sell This Version
none Tame Impala Keep On Lying(CD, Single) Modular Recordings none 2013 Sell This Version
Tame Impala Let It Happen (Single) Modular Recordings France 2015 Sell This Version
Tame Impala 'Cause I'm A Man (Single) Modular Recordings Australia 2015
none Tame Impala Disciples(File, FLAC, Single) Modular Recordings none Australia 2015
none Tame Impala Eventually(File, FLAC, Single) Modular Recordings none Australia 2015
Tame Impala The Less I Know The Better (Single) Secret 7" France 2016 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Tame Impala Daytrotter Studio 10/12/2010(5xFile, MP3, 320) Daytrotter none US 2010
none Tame Impala Currents(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Caroline International none Europe 2015 Sell This Version