Currents, the new record from Australia’s Tame Impala, is due out July 17th on Interscope. Ahead of the official release of the hotly-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Lonerism, the entire thing is streaming below via NPR.
The album marks a new shift for the Kevin Parker-led psych-rock outfit. Press releases for have referenced everything from hip-hop to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, “fried 70s funk” to Daft Punk’s Discovery. For Parker, the decision to switch things up came from a desire to open up the listening experience to a more communal feeling.
“I wanted to make something that from the sound of it could be down at the club,” he told NME. “I just realised that I’d never heard Tame Impala played somewhere with a dancefloor, or where people were dancing. Listening to it was very much kind of a headphone, solitary experience. Which is cool, but I’ve moved on from that. I’ve always loved listening to music on my own, but there’s another side of me that is just fascinated by… like Goa trance for example – just a rave on a beach in India, you know? Where there’s not an artist to be worshipped, just someone that’s spinning the music, and it’s just this free flowing continuous energy. It was a front that I wanted to conquer, because I had conquered the solitary.”
01. Let It Happen
03. The Moment
04. Yes I’m Changing
07. The Less I Know the Better
08. Past Life
10. ‘Cause I’m A Man
11. Reality In Motion
13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes