Tame Impala's 'The Slow Rush' Was Worth the Wait

How 'time' is a big factor on the LP

February 14, 2020

The five year wait for a new Tame Impala album is over, and the concept of time isn’t lost on Kevin Parker.

With songs titled “One More Year,” Tomorrow’s Dust,” “Lost in Yesterday” "It Might Be Time" and “One More Hour,” the ticking clock is a recurring theme on, here it is again, The Slow Rush.

“It’s something that’s always intrigued me, and I just love… humans’ relationship with time,” Parker told a radio station in his native Australia. “It just creates so many different emotions and so many different things; like being obsessed with the past, being overwhelmed with nostalgia, and being anxious for the future, and being confident about the future and living in the moment.”

The funny thing about time is that it tends to disappear upon listening to the 12 tracks on Tame Impala’s first studio LP since 2015’s Currents. It’s mood music to chill out to, highlighted by “Borderline,” which is different from the version that was released as a single last year. The album version is 36 seconds shorter with a bumped up bassline.

“I was so in my own head about the song,” Parker admitted. “The way I describe it is the way it sounds now is the way I was hearing it when I released it the first time. So for me, the drums sounded just heaps more hard-hitting.”

Tame Impala transitioned from Parker’s studio project into one of the most sought after live bands in the world. A full-fledged North American tour begins May 29th in Chicago, IL and runs through August 7th in George, WA. They’ll also play a quick run of shows in California and Mexico in March before heading to New Zealand and Australia. You can buy tickets here.

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