Psychedelic rock band, Tame Impala is all set to release their new album “Currents” this July 17 on Interscope Records. They have already given us a preview of what to expect with their four Singles, “Let It Happen”, “Cause I am a Man”, “Disciples” and “Eventually”.
Oftentimes compared to artists like Pink Floyd and the Beatles, Tame Impala is deep in efforts to rebuild their image as a band who can do more than produce acts like the much loved Ariel Pink and Daft Punk did. Manipulated vocals, whirling ambience and the psychedelic effect achieved by various effects like phasing, delay, reverb and fuss are some of the many things that set their music apart.
As the only band to ever have won the Triple J’s J Award twice, they are bound to hit the fans with something spectacular this July. While it does have a great expectation to live up to considering the tremendous success their previous albums enjoyed, the four Singles that have been released so far have only raised the bar. Kevin Parker, the musician behind Tame Impala, explained that the essence of the album and said, “It follows the progression of someone feeling like they are becoming something else. They’re becoming the kind of person they thought they’d never become”
The covers of their albums have always been as striking and creative as their music; powerful enough to convey the concept of their album. The cover art for “Currents” created by Kentucky-based artist and musician Robert Beatty is just as impressive as the one’s before. The designs are based on a scientific diagram of vortex shedding drawn out of Kevin Parker’s imagination while trying to visualize the theme of “slackness versus turbulence”.
With release of this addictive Single, “Let it Happen”, began the wait for the much awaited album, “Currents”. The soothing opening and the smooth vocals along with the mesmerizing backing vocals, and deeply meaningful lyrics is just a small part of what makes this song simply a treat for the ears. Halfway through the track, the song is intensified with a droning electronic music which then picks up with the handclaps, groovy keyboard tracks and the vocals, creating a an effect much like a ride into a vortex (as in the album cover). This was soon followed by what has been described as a “synth-heavy ballad” by The Guardian, “Cause I am a Man”, which is my personal favourite from the Singles released so far. Smooth with the little details like finger snapping and gentle moans, his vocals accentuates the vulnerability and pain of the lyrics. They released an extremely kaleidoscopic 3D video for the same song directed by the artist Wierdcore. He describes the video as a “kind of homage to Hipgnosis artwork” which resonates with the feel of bands work. They went on to release “Disciples”at the request of a fan who asked Parker to release a new song while the band was taking part in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ event on Reddit. The song could probably be described as a trippy serenade, thanks to the soothing vocals and the upbeat music. “Eventually”, the last of the releases is what can be described as a warped version of a break up song. With the heavy instrumentals, distorted guitar beats, the organ grooves the song is pretty much a prologue to the rest of the album, keeping the fans at the edge of their seats.
Tame Impala hasn’t done much with respect to releasing new music in over two years now, apart from a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, two live EPs-‘Live Versions’ and ‘Peace and Paranoia’, and a few covers. The band has been relentlessly working on expanding their parameters, which is reflected in these songs. This has given the fans all the more reason to be excited about their upcoming album.
Tame Impala released one of the best albums of 2010 and 2012. “Currents” is one of the most awaited releases of 2015 and judging by what we have heard, they are going to take the crown this year as well. While this band has to yet find a strong footing in India, their fan base is growing rapidly, and with good reason. If you haven’t given a listen to this band already, you MUST and before the 17th July. You are going to love them!