Tame Impala – “The Slow Rush”

The 4th LA-ocean-view album of Tame Impala, which exceeded every given release deadline in 2019, is a self-confident all or nothing approach to living a life which slowly races faster until one more year becomes one more hour.

One more year, sung in slow motion, going downhill like a rollercoaster – that’s how it all starts on Tame Impala’s newest album “The Slow Rush”. The “Gregorian Robot Choir”, as lead singer Kevin Parker calls the song’s chorus, is accompanied by a steadily accelarating futuristic disco-beat and sets the theme for the entire album: time.

In times of constant stress, skipping breakfasts and using time management apps, Tame Impala present us their own slow movement idea. The album, expected to come out April 2019, has somewhat tellingly exluded the first released single “Patience” to make room for “Borderline”, the album’s secret lead single which interconnects the concepts of relationship and time, namely the nostalgia for the past (as in “Lost in Yesterday”) and the anxiousness for an uncertain future.

The songs surrounding “Borderline” copy -in an examplary way- today’s main message of all yoga studios and how-to-live-your-life guide books. Taking lines from “Instant Destiny” (“We can get a home in Miami, go and get married / Tattoo your name on my arm“), it shouts “live in the moment!” from all corners.

“Time happens to us”, Kevin Parker says when talking about his album. It is a tool we can mentally adjust to deal with emotions – if it’s holding on to time by breathing deeply or turn terrible memories into great ones (“Lost in Yesterday”). He adds that “[o]ur regrets tomorrow are our actions now. Future memories are present-day current events. Tomorrow’s dust is in today’s air, floating around us as we speak”.

As Kevin sings about the different speeds of time, the album’s speed works the same way, thanks to the drums which not only determine each song’s rhythm but also give “The Slow Rush” its arc. “One More Hour” ends with rushing, smashing, bold-hitting drum parts and concludes an album that, without the sturdy guitar sound we know from “The Less I Know The Better-, sounds smooth, hypnotizing, futuristic, impulsive.

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