Album Review: Tame Impala – Currents

Published by JB on July 24, 2015

Release date:  July 17, 2015

Tame Impala – Currents

9/10

Kevin Parker marries psychedelic dancefloor beats with chillwave grooves to near perfection on third LP

Dizzying grooves backed with a chillwave (Washed Out-style) vibe dominate the very danceable and melodic masterpiece by Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala.   And what a masterpiece it is.  The opening stunner ‘Let it Happen’ is this year’s ‘Get Lucky’, even if it won’t click through with every millennial like that Daft Punk/Pharrell mega-collaboration did.   ‘Let it Happen’ breaks down into an extended 1987-ish Prince-style jam that you would only find on Prince’s 12-inch maxi dance singles from his creative heyday back when his B-sides outperformed even the last Michael Jackson album.   Tame Impala just raised the bar on about every album to be released this year.

‘Nangs’ is the brief relax-on-the-sofa moment after the nearly 8-minute aforementioned album opener grabs your attention.  ‘The Moment’ is another bubbly dance tune, complete with Parker humming in his best falsetto, “getting closer” as the song spins and twirls.  A short breath later and the buoyant ‘Yes, I’m Changing’ leaps from the turntable as Parker puts a stake in the ground with a coy smirk as the sublime, mid-tempo ballad becomes a sing-along gem by the second minute.  The album goes on an hazy level of cruise control over the final nine tracks as the listener captures more second-hand smoke in what will undoubtedly go down as the coolest album of the year, much like Washed Out’s Within and Without dominated that unofficial category (Okay, I created it) in 2011.  The Bee Gees have never sounded as good as they do on ‘The Less I Know The Better’ and drugs haven’t sounded this good since Sgt. Pepper.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but this album is a serious pain reliever.  Who needs medical marijuana when you have Tame Impala in your living room at 33 and 1/3 rpm? Vinyl of the year.

-TWTHS

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Tame Impala, Minneapolis 2015

 

 

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