Starting with the psychedelic vibes of Tame Impala’s 2010 introduction,”Innerspeaker,” the team — that, on record, is Kevin Parker lonely — has gained acclaim for producing soundscapes that skirt the bounds of pop, rock and dance songs. The continuous is Parker’s scenic falsetto, which may seem like siren call from a remote world.
From the years as”Innerspeaker,” Parker has gone out of prog-rock prodigy to festival headliner. He has also released two albums, such as 2015’s critically-lauded”Currents,” and collaborated together or remixed tunes by everyone from Lady Gaga and Kanye West to Mark Ronson, Travis Scott and Zhu. Riding high on stadium sell-outs and copious praise from music critics, the countdown into Parker’s fourth record apparently started the second”Currents” was published.
Five decades after, it is finally here, and also the album’s title might be a wink to people who expected the album to fall after Tame Impala headlined both weekends of Coachella and served as the musical guest for”Saturday Night Live” — past spring. Parker recently confessed this was initially the strategy, telling UPROXX he needed to”embody a little bit of a Kanye West view” in opting to hold off releasing”The Slow Rush” before it was prepared.
Luckily, it had been worth the wait:”The Slow Rush” is possibly Parker’s most completely realized and satisfying effort to date. Even though lyrically, the album looks somewhat escapist, Parker likes to run somewhere in the center, dabbling from the private but frequently only as a bit of a bigger meditation. The mournful guitar and hazy malaise that hangs on”Posthumous Forgiveness” sets the tone for Parker to try a reconciliation with his late dad. Meanwhile, the opener”One More Year” succeeds to interpret an anxiety attack — “`Cuz I get this feeling and perhaps you get it We’re on a roller coaster stuck onto its loop-de-loop” — right into a particular 14/4 time signature which deftly masquerades as a thing much more familiar to the ear.
whenever the orgasm of”One More Year” arrives in the kind of an eruption of pulsating keyboards, listeners might wonder whether Parker’s most up-to-date album will really incorporate a deserving successor to this stomper”Elephant” (out of Tame Impala’s sophomore effort,”Lonerism”), but these notions dissipate from the song’s coda, which ends ethereal, a world removed from the chaos of a minute before.
The notion of time immemorial throughout the record. The only”It Could Be Time” finds Parker cynically stating,”It may be time for you to confront it “You ai not as young as you was,” while “One More Hour” — the album’s final track — functions as a bookend to the opener,”One More Year”
And whether those time references are a sly wink to the five years involving”Currents” and this record,”The Slow Rush” demonstrates that Parker has got all of the time he desires.