Do you ever get that feeling when you’re listening to a song, where you love it so much that you just want to ingest it. You listen to it repeatedly and you still can’t get enough, as if there’s some hole you’re trying to fill with it. That’s how I felt the first few 100 times I listened to The Less I Know The Better. I still get that feeling, and it seems like Tame Impala have a knack for creating that effect. Give me psychedelic pop vibes any day.
The one and only time I saw Tame Impala live, I was too busy chugging cider & black in anticipation of a Death Cab performance to even notice they were playing. Take me back and play The Less I Know The Better and I’ll be the first to the Soul Pit.
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If you’re going to explore a feeling, an emotion, through music, you’d expect a few hearts to be broken in the process. That’s what Currents is essentially, an exploration of heartbreak and change through deep bass lines and a leading synth.
Everyone changes, whether from pivotal moments or just growing in life. But there’s an intrinsic self that will never change and will always be, or so ‘Cause I’m A Man’ says. It’s easy to downplay mistakes you’ve made by plainly putting it down to the fact you’re a man and shit happens. That in some ways explains the ‘sexist’ outcry, but isn’t it more than that? As life pushes us to keep moving forward, mistakes will be made, cause we are just human after all. It’s a bit of a cop out, but we’ve all been there.
That’s what makes Currents so open for interpretation, cause each song focuses on the aftermath of situations we’ve all found ourselves in. I love her, but she doesn’t love me. I’m not the person I want to be. I’m done with this, it’s time to move on.
Yes I’m changing, can’t stop it now
And even if I wanted I wouldn’t know how
Yes I’m Changing couldn’t be more real and I’m a sucker for a falsetto and dreamy synth combo.
Change is good, and for me, Tame Impala’s change in musical style is one of the best things Kevin Parker has done so far. Currents is a gem that I’d recommend to anyone who is looking for a daily soundtrack to inspire them, change their perspective, or just plain lift their psychedelic spirits.
What are your thoughts? What’s your favourite track on Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’? Check out more of my music posts here.