Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Tame Impala's 'The Slow Rush': Twitter Is Loving the New Album

Tame Impala's 'The Slow Rush': Twitter Is Loving the New Album

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker recently spoke with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 and explained how Travis Scott was a major inspiration for his new album The Slow Rush. His answer: both. Each Parker album features a new wrinkle: the synths on 2012's Lonerism, the electronics and sculpted hooks of Currents. Riding high on arena sell-outs and copious praise from music critics, the countdown to Parker's fourth album seemingly started the moment "Currents" was released. Ideas of duality also resonate throughout the album, with its title itself an oxymoron and numerous tracks feeling like two separate songs put together, creating the experimental, psychedelic-quality Tame Impala has become known for.

"And whether those time references are a sly wink to the five years involving" Currents" and this record,"The Slow Rush" demonstrates that Parker has got all of the time he desires.

The attention to detail on "Posthumous Forgiveness" is mirrored throughout "The Slow Rush". Parker's breezy, angelic vocals intertwine with an electric guitar running throughout numerous songs, creating a cohesion to the album's tracks which move from darker, bassier moments to lighter, carefree notes with a attractive ease that'll take the listener through a range of emotions.

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Where the album falls short is on track "Instant Destiny". Mainstream pop vibes remain, with songs like Borderline and Lost In Yesterday providing listeners with something to nod and sing along to, but are interspersed with more ethereal tunes. "Is It True" combines ideas of his own and his parents divorce explored in the other tracks, perhaps exposing his fears that history will repeat itself in his own marriage. "Meanwhile, opener "One More Year" manages to translate an anxiety attack - "'Cuz I get this feeling and maybe you get it too / We're on a roller coaster stuck on its loop-de-loop" - into a unique 14/4 time signature that deftly masquerades as something more familiar to the ear. In support of the album, Tame Impala will embark on an extensive summer tour of the United States and Canada with Perfume Genius, following their pre-existing four-date run of shows in California and Mexico. I don't want people to think that this is a concept album.

Using his mastery of mixing and production, and decades of popular music styles filtered through a singular psychedelic lens, "The Slow Rush" bristles with creativity and reverberates with sentiment confirming Tame Impala as one of the more artistically ambitious artistes of our generation. Though a couple of songs are at times a bit slow for my personal taste, the album is unquestionably awesome, moving, fun, melancholy and uplifting.

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