Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala return with a new album, this Tuesday, and you can listen to the album in its entirety via NPR Music First Listen. Fronted by lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, the record finds the band in heavy exploratory mode.
Writing about the new album for NPR Music, Stephen Thompson notes:
Currents takes another unexpected left turn in Parker’s hard-to-pin-down discography. As the singer and multi-instrumentalist edges ever closer to stadium-filling superstardom, Tame Impala’s new music is veering farther away from psych-rock bombast and toward falsetto-dripped soul, fragments of dance music and long interludes set aside for woozy, disorienting deliberation.
While musical evolution is bound to frustrate hard core Tame Impala fans, there’s still plenty of psychedelia (“Let It Happen,” and “Gossip”), to counter Parker’s Todd-Rundrenesque styled pop songs (“The Moment,” and “Disciples”). This time around Parker brings to mind Prince more occasionally than Pink Floyd, yet it’s these musical touches of the past that make Tame Impala’s new music sound so fresh.
Below, listen to Currents in its entirety. WXPN Welcomes Tame Impala to the Tower Theatre on Monday, October 5th.
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