Tame Impala’s new album is indeed their fourth. Over the course of their recorded history, there has been a constant feeling of moving up and going forward. Five years since his last album ‘Currents’, this album lives up to its terrific title ‘The Slow Rush’.
At first, I found it very subtle and restrained, waiting for it to jump out at me. Patience is a virtue people, and patience in music is a fine art. Be patient with this record and it will reward. Second, third, fourth and fifth listens keep giving and giving. It really is a ‘Slow Rush’.
The album is very cruisy, reminding me of summer soundtracks from the past. If I wanted to wind the windows down in a Kombi and go driving up the coast looking for the perfect wave, I’d have the track ‘Lost in Yesterday’ on repeat. It’s perfect for driving, and it’s perfect for a surfing film. You get the idea.
Generally, I’ve had trouble with Kevin Parker’s lyrics previously, but something has changed with this record, particularly on the track ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’, which he wrote after losing his father last year. ‘Breathe Deeper ‘ is funky – very funky. I feel Parker is paying his respects to funk here, not wanting to reinvent the genre but give it a modern take with his own personal flavour.
Kevin Parker recorded, mixed, played, produced and of course wrote this record. Amazing! It is sonically sophisticated and clever. The use and mix of instruments – I believe all played by Parker – is intelligent and thoughtful.
This album is world-class. Tame Impala is in the big league. Parker is now headlining major European festivals. For instance, he’s headlining the All Points East Festival in London’s Victoria Park above Caribou and Glass Animals. He has also been working with the likes of Mark Ronson and Kanye West and jamming with John Mayer. He’s what you’d call creatively restless.
The album debuted at no. 1 on the Australian ARIA charts, making it Parker’s second no. 1 record. The album is top 3 in the UK, Ireland, and Switzerland. The list can go on and on.
Enjoy this record and let it weave its magic over you. Don’t put it on and walk away. Sit and listen to it in its entirety. If you pay it some respect with your time, it will pay back to you in buckets.