Published by JB on July 24, 2015
Release date: July 17, 2015
Tame Impala – Currents
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.