Im­pala gets pulled along by Cur­rents

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - KATHY MCCABE

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.

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