I'm sorry that I've been slacking on #MusicMondays But I have something for you guys to listen to again. I was introduced to this collective about 5 or 6 months ago by my girlfriend, who is always sharing some great alternative style music that I am not accustomed to listening to. Ever since she told me to watch their video for "The Less I Know the Better" I have not been able to stop listening to their most recent album.
Tame Impala - Currents
Released July 17, 2015
As a pretty big fan of the Beatles, I have always gravitated towards psychedelic sounds because of the way they hit you. Most music you can hear, but sometimes you can feel the music through sonic waves that are often times indescribable. Think of the last time you were at the beach and you were looking out at the water. You can see and hear the waves crashing, but that moment when it crashes into you and you feel it completely overpower your body . . . thats what this album feels like.
Tame Impala is an Australian music collective that is centered around musician Kevin Parker, who has been creating music since around 2008. Currents is their third studio album which was preceded by Innerspeaker (2010) and Lonerism (2012). They have won multiple awards from shows all around the world for the work on all of their albums, finding the most success with their last two. They are considered an alternative rock group, but if you listen to them you'll understand they're much more than that. This album has sounds and lyrics that just can't be put into a box.
There has been five singles that have come this album alone . . . so far. The first one was "Let it Happen" which also happens to be the first song on the album. In an interview with New Musical Express, Kevin puts the meaning of the song into his own words "It's about chaos - the whirlwinds of life that have always seemed too intense for you." He encourages the listener to simply "let it happen" instead of trying to block out whatever it is. The second single that was released was "Cause I'm a Man," about which he has stated that he recorded 1,057 partial vocal takes for. The video symbolizes him defending himself for simply being a man, as in a human who makes mistakes and has succumbed to the pressures of society. The final single that was released was "The Less I Know the Better," a song that could be more easily considered funk than rock. The song talks about a man who is in love with a woman who is already in a relationship with someone else, but we can see that deep down the feeling is mutual between them with the lyrics "She said 'Its not Now or Never, wait ten years we'll be together.' I said 'Better late than never, just don't make me wait forever...'"
Although this album was made halfway around the world, on the largest island on Earth, anyone can relate to at least a couple songs on here. And even if you can't relate to the lyrics, you can still feel the music. So heres a link to the entire album on a YouTube playlist, but you can also listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Soundcloud. So sit back and imagine you're at the beach, and let the musical sounds hit you like an ice cold wave from Australia.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.