Tame Impala: Currents

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By: Allison Belcher
Music Reviewer

Tame Impala: Currents
Tame Impala: Currents

Artist: Tame Impala
Album: Currents
Label: Interscope Records
Release date: July 17th, 2015

Tame Impala’s much anticipated third studio album Currents is finally here, and it’s sheer bliss. With an early release of the album on NPR, the world wide web was able to check out the album a few days prior to its July 17th release date. After listening to the first few songs on the album, the words “impressed,” “absolute genius”, and “euphoric” seem like understatements. Kevin Parker, the lead singer and main songwriter of Tame Impala has put down his guitar and hopped on his synthesizer, producing sounds and instrumentals that are sure to shoot you off to outer space.  Kevin Parker’s desire to hear his music in dance clubs sparked an inspiration for this change in sound. Parker’s infamous use of reverb is still present in Currents, and it works. In comparison to Parker’s previous albums such as Lonerism and Innerspeaker, Currents focuses on the development of disco and psychedelic pop sounds, making this album more dance oriented. The combination of reverberation and disco-pop sound techniques created by synthesizer use generates feelings of optimism and relaxation when listening to the thirteen song filled album. For the first time in Tame Impala’s musical history, Parker mixes the music in Currents, and it definitely works in a positive manner for the band’s sound. Songs off Currents such as “The Less I Know the Better,” “Let it Happen,” and “The Moment” show Parker’s change in sound from guitar focused to synthesizer based. All of Parker’s songs on this new album flow, which makes sense being that Currents’ album art is based on a diagram of Vortex Shedding, which is an oscillating flow that takes place when a fluid, such as water flows past a solid object, such as a rock, in turn creates currents or ripples. Currents is an incredible listening experience, and it is definitely worth the two month delay wait. It’s no wonder Currents made the top ten charts in England, and the number one album to top the charts in Parker’s native country Australia. Take time out of your busy life to treat yourself to an extraordinary album. You won’t regret it.

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