Impala gets pulled along by Currents
KEVIN Parker should be dancing. Disco dancing.
The Tame Impala creative controller has unexpectedly made their third album Currents a mirrorball- friendly affair, a record one might expect from Daft Punk rather than Australian psychedelic rockers who have become one of the most in- demand acts going with their face- melting jams.
Parker doesn’t think he can dance but jokes he is not ruling out choreography for their upcoming gigs.
“I’m not ruling out dance classes,” he says, chuckling.
It may be the only musicallyinclined talent he cannot claim. Parker wrote the songs, played the instruments, recorded, produced and mixed Currents at his West Australian base. The 29year- old artist has always preferred the isolation offered by Australia’s west coast, recording Tame’s 2010 debut record Innerspeaker in the “tree house” with stunning 180- degree views of the Indian Ocean. He prefers to create in a bubble of his own musical imagination and doesn’t seem keen to explore how Currents rides the dance Zeitgeist. “I feel more insular about my musical notions, whether that’s true or not,” he says.
“I like to believe that ideas for songs and sounds are internally home ground rather than I heard this sound and I want something like that. For me, it’s all on a subconscious level. I have always been a huge Daft Punk fan and disco music in whatever form but I guess I never fully embraced it as something I could stand by. There’s always been that stigma against dance music or disco – I’m a guitar player, you know. But this time I embraced all things I love to see what would happen.”
Tastemakers from America and Europe have already declared Tame Impala will be the biggest band of 2015 and predict Currents will top album of the year lists.
Tame Impala singer Kevin Parker.