Album Review: Currents – Tame Impala

Tame Impala is an Australian rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music. As a touring act, the project consists of Parker (guitar, vocals), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). Previously signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is signed to Interscope Records in the US, and Fiction Records in the UK. After a series of singles and EPs, in 2010, Tame Impala released their debut studio album, Innerspeaker, which was certified gold in Australia and well received by critics. The group’s 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. The band’s third album, Currents, was released on 17 July 2015.

Tame Impala
Tame Impala

Currents is the third studio album by Australian psychedelic rock act Tame Impala, released on 17 July 2015 on Interscope Records. Like the group’s previous two albums, Currents was written, recorded, performed, and produced by primary member Kevin Parker. For the first time, Parker also mixed the music. It was also the first time that Parker recorded all instruments by himself; the album featured no other collaborations. The first song on the album, Let It Happen, starts off with an electronic theme that leads into Watson singing, “It’s always around me, all this noise/But not nearly as loud as the voice saying/’Let it happen, let it happen (It’s gonna feel so good)/Just let it happen, let it happen'”. This song has a slightly mellower mood. The next song on the album, Nangs, also starts off with a similar electronic theme. It leads into Watson singing, “But is there something more than that?/But is there something more than that?/But is there something more than that?”. Those are the lyrics for the entire song. He sings, “But is there something more than that?” about 14 times. The next song on the album, The Moment, starts off with another electric theme. Watson sings, “In the end, it’s stronger than I know how to be/And I can’t just spend my whole lifetime wondering/I fell in love with the sound of my heels on the wooden floor/I don’t want our footsteps to be silent anymore/Want them to be in the moment/Storm clouds are closing in.”

Currents album cover
Currents album cover

Tame Impala’s Currents has gotten mixed reviews, all over the board. From us, it’s a thumbs up! We loved Tame Impala to begin with, and Currents was a great addition to their discography.

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