The genius behind Tame Impala (namely Kevin Parker) has always been glaring. The band’s sound is a dichotomy—completely original, yet familiar and reverberative. Parker’s idiosyncratic talents have graced collaborations with ZHU, Travis Scott, Lady Gaga, and more since the release of the last Tame Impala album Currents, which landed back in 2015. Despite the favors of flavors and flows Parker was able to gift through these collaborations, fans have been audibly yearning for a fresh Tame album for years. Parker unveiled the aptly titled “Patience,” at midnight March 22.
The cosmic and grounding sound of pure unadulterated Tame Impala proves to be alive and well in “Patience.” Over a intricately crafted (bordering on a perfect) arrangement, Kevin Parker’s vocals speak directly to the listener, neck deep in groove. Conga drums add a level of acoustic grounding while layers upon layers of experimental synths act as steps into the heavens. The conversation carries on over steady rhythms and cerebral lyrics. Kevin Parker sings, “I should be flying straight / don’t be late / ‘Cause time waits for no one / I should be flying straight / Don’t be late / ‘Cause time takes from everyone.”
Between the technical phonetic arrangement, the absolutely original flow, and the thought-provoking lyrics, it’s impossible to deny the authenticity of the track; and more so, not be excited about the upcoming album. Tame Impala is back, or rather again, they’re here.
Tame Impala are scheduled to headline the second night of Coachella to kick off their 2019 tour which will hit all over the US, Europe, and Scandinavia. They’ll also be playing at Lollapalooza in August, and debuting on SNL March 30.
Pond have just announced that they’ll release a new album, Tasmania, in a couple months. The project — which is led by former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook — put their most recent album, The Weather, in 2017, and Tasmania is being presented as a “sister album” to that one. As with most … More »
When Travis Scott takes the stage alongside John Mayer and Tame Impala, it’s more than safe to say that “Sicko Mode” is fully engaged. Scott made his Saturday Night Live debut during the October 6 installment of the show, when he circled through New York to vocalize several Astroworld selections alongside genre-bending assistants, John Mayer and Tame Impala. Scott delivered a smooth “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder” medley, additionally catering to the crowd in his performance of recent fan-favorite, “Sicko Mode.” Kevin Parker of Tame Impala assisted on the guitar, as did the equally illustrious John Mayer.
A production that has witnessed some of the most rapid chart upstarts of 2018 thus far, Astroworld charted all 17 of its total tracks on Billboard’s Hot 100. Scott’s sophomore outing, Astroworld followed the chart movement of Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, Scott’s debut album that also rocketed to the number one spot on the charts immediately after its 2016 release. Astroworld saw a number of noteworthy appearances from industry fixtures like The Weeknd, Quavo, Pharrell, and more.
Travis Scott was the musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. He performed three songs from his recent #1 album Astroworld: “Sicko Mode” and a medley of “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder.” He was joined by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and John Mayer for the medley. Parker co-produced and co-wrote … More »
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker recently did an interview with Billboard to talk about the many high-profile collaborations and projects he’s been involved in over the last couple years, including his work with Kanye West. “I was completely starstruck, obviously,” he says of his time in the studio with West. “I was numb with … More »
Apple Music/Beats1 host Matt Wilkinson had the chance to sit down with Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker in a recent interview. Chatting about recent collaborations, live performances, and the band’s upcoming album, Wilkinson dives in to give us a picture of the frontman’s post-Currents life.
Parker talks about the possibility of new music from Tame Impala. Without giving too much away, the Australian artist notes that he would be “very disappointed” if there was not a new Tame Impala album out by this time next year. While the details remain hazy, and the direction that the band will take its music unknown, recent collaborations with ZHU, Miguel, and Mark Ronson may suggest a continuation of the accessible yet psychedelic dance-pop sound explored on Currents.
While Kevin Parker’s part-introvert, part-socialite personality allows him to lock himself away in an oceanside cabin to complete a project, it also means he can be a fervent collaborator. He spent time in the studio with SZA recently, and while rumors swirl about a full length project from the pair, he notes that he “can’t really do anything more than hope” that the music will come out, though he suggests that at least one track, titled “Back Together,” would be the most likely to emerge. Parker also speaks on some brief studio time with Travis Scott, though no concrete material seemed to surface from that session. On the other side of the spectrum, the frontman said he would be happy to collaborate with the Arctic Monkey‘s frontman Alex Turner, a pairing that would surely set the indie world on fire. While we haven’t received any new music from Tame Impala today, Kevin Parker’s busy schedule and vast reach in the world of music should have fans of the band looking forward to the next few months.
Kevin Parker guested on Matt Wilkinson’s Beats 1 Radio show and during the interview he hinted that a new Tame Impala record is forthcoming. The album will be the band’s first since 2015’s Currents, and Pitchfork reports that Parker said he will be “very disappointed” if it’s not out next summer. More »
Earlier this year, ZHU and Tame Impala released “My Life,” one of the most anticipated and acclaimed collaborations of 2018. Looking to add even more intrigue to the psychedelic track, the artists have now released a stunning music video featuring none other than Willow Smith.
The video begins with Smith at the scene of a fatal car accident before flashing back to the story of her relationship with the victim. A picturesque tale of two romances unfolds, leading the timeline back to just moments before the crash.
The emotional video comes at the same time as an seven-track remix album for the heartfelt song, featuring Kyle Watson‘s dark house take on the collaboration. Artists like Just A Gent and KRANE each give the song an energetic electronic flair with their remixes, while Klangstof brings a subtle indie vibe into the mix. With a slew of remixes and a powerful video, this new-classic will have some serious staying power for years to come.
When Kanye West’s new album Ye first came out two weeks ago, it was reported that Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker had contributed to the track “Ghost Town.” Parker himself only realized that he had made it on onto the album when he seemingly recognized his own work while listening to the album’s More »
Hopefully ZHU and Kevin Parker have more shared work stocked away on a hard drive somewhere, because one single may not be enough. The Tame Impala frontman and enigmatic Mind of a Genius producer were slated for a new joint effort in 2018, and they’ve finally delivered their hotly anticipated new collaboration, “My Life,” a top-notch piece of indie-dance excellence that plays upon both artists most venerable qualities in a seamlessly complementary fashion.
It’s dreamy and palatably psychedelic, carried by Parker’s characteristically sublime vocal work — and while the composition isn’t ZHU’s typically cool, after hours-ready warehouse fare, the step outside of his comfort zone is certainly commendable. “My Life” leans more progressive house, at times even revealing a subtle trance inspiration, driven by its understated percussion arrangements, pronounced keys, and fluttering vocal loops.
Tame Impala’s last output was 2015’s Currents, though Parker has kept busy between records working with the likes of Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga, and SZA. ZHU on the other hand is continuing a white-hot output streak following 2017’s Adidas partnership and his newly inked deal with new Chinese dance label Liquid State. Hopefully a quick stop to smell the roses on “My Life” turned out more than just a single tune though, because Kevin Parker and ZHU make a quality pairing.