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It’s been awhile, huh? After the Australian psych band led by Kevin Parker dominated the first half of the decade, particularly with its back-to-back classics Lonerism and its poppier sibling Currents, we haven’t heard much from Tame Impala since 2015. Sure, they’ve headlined virtually every major music festival and the biggest stages across the world over the past five years, new music has been few and far in between. This is the band that headlined Coachella and played SNL on the heels of releasing two singles and nothing else, after all. Now almost a year since the poppy groove of “Borderline” was dropped, we’re finally getting to hear The Slow Rush, a record that sounds like the logical progression from Currents’ embrace of psychedelic modern R&B and Parker’s work with Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Travis Scott. But don’t worry, you Innerspeaker and Lonerism purists: There’s lots of psych rock jams to love here underneath the shimmering synth, too.

The Slow Rush (out February 14, 2020

The Slow Rush was recorded between Los Angeles and Parker’s studio in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia. The twelve tracks were recorded, produced and mixed by Parker. The Slow Rush is Parker’s deep dive into the oceans of time, conjuring the feeling of a lifetime in a lightning bolt, of major milestones whizzing by while you’re looking at your phone, it’s a paean to creation and destruction and the unending cycle of life.

The album cover was created in collaboration with photographer Neil Krug and features a symbol of humanity all but swallowed whole by the surrounding environment, as though in the blink of an eye. “It’s been the year of pressure, 2019,” Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker told Lauren Laverne on 6 Music in November. Most of the pressure stemmed from himself, he admitted; a ticking clock to finish the band’s fourth album, which lands five years after 2015’s ‘Currents’.

As is tradition for Parker, he worked in isolation between studio’s Fremantle, Australia and Malibu, California. For the latter, his AirBnb was caught up in last year’s California wildfires. He fled the flat with his laptop, without realising the extent of the fires.

As for the album title, he says: “it means a lot of things. Above everything, I like the way it makes me feel. It’s an oxymoron, a paradox. It describes to me how I feel about time.”

Tame Impala is a rare bird in 2020: a relatively new (“new” meaning “roughly decade-old”) rock band that can fill stadiums. The band — which routinely headlines festivals and played SNL last March led by Australian singer and producer Kevin Parker, who’s collaborated with everyone from Travis Scott to Miguel to Lady Gaga to Kanye West. Tame Impala has morphed into something proggier and more experimental as it’s gotten more popular; there’s a searching quality to its songs that’s really connected with worldwide audiences.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker was the virtual musical guest last night (May 11th on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the US.
For his appearance, Parker performed ‘Is It True’, a track from Tame Impala’s album ‘The Slow Rush’, released earlier this year, in a split-screen setup where he played bass, guitar and sang in the three-way visual.

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“I have to feel kind of worthless again to want to make music,” Kevin Parker said of the long gestation time between the forthcoming Tame Impala album “The Slow Rush” and 2015’s world-beating “Currents”. While the dreamy introspection of Parker’s past music treats the passing of time as a man-made construct, recent Tame Impala output suggests he has been thinking a lot about the subject of late. Patience, the first of his three 2019 singles, extolled the virtues of waiting around, but It Might Be Time flips the script, seeing him obsess over friends growing up and moving on, realising he isn’t as young as he once was. “Nothing lasts forever,” he sighs as if just realising this truth, while a prominent synth swings from side to side like a pendulum – or is it ringing out like an emergency siren? Either way, there’s an urgency to this track that we’ve yet to hear from Tame Impala, and we’ve got all the time in the world for it.

Band Members
Kevin Parker – Guitar / Bass / Drums / Sing
Jay Watson – Keys
Dominic Simper – Guitar / synth
Cam Avery – Bass
Julien Barbagallo – Drums

An Island Records Australia release © 2019 Modular Recordings Pty Ltd. Tame Impala’s new album The Slow Rush will be out 14th February 2020.