Tame Impala album breaks Parker taboos

Kevin Parker says he aimed to break his own taboos with upcoming Tame Impala album Currents.

And he hopes it’s moving him in a direction that will help him make the music he really wants to make.

He’s received some strong reaction after streaming the tracks Cause I’m A Man and Let It Happen in recent weeks, because they don’t fully conform to what fans have expected.

Parker tells the NME: “I think I wanted to make songs that I’d always wanted to do, but I’d always shut out, because I thought those influences were not fitting the realm of psych rock.

“But the more I explore, the more I realise that those boundaries are meant to be broken.”

He believes the foundations were laid with Tame Impala’s 2012 release. “I’ve always loved groove-based music and there was a lot on Lonerism,” he says.

“I never found out how to make really crunchy dream pop, and at the same time making really hard-hitting groove music with a strong beat. But I think I’m getting closer.”

He adds: “Every album I make, I feel like I get closer to making the ultimate kind of music I would want to listen to.”

Currents is released on July 17 via Fiction.

Tame Impala tour dates

Jul 24: Splendour In The Grass, Australia

Aug 01: Chicago Grant Park, IL

Aug 06: Los Angeles Hollywood Forever Cemetery, CA

Aug 07: Los Angeles Hollywood Forever Cemetery, CA

Aug 08: San Francisco Golden Gate Park Outside Lands, CA

Aug 20: Viana Do Castelo Paredes de Coura, Portugal

Aug 21: Lowlands Festival, Netherlands

Aug 22: Pukkelpop, Belgium

Aug 25: Sestri Levante Mojotic, Italy

Aug 26: Rock In Roma, Italy

Aug 28: Verona Teatro Romano, Italy

Aug 29: Zurich Openair Festival, Switzerland

Aug 30: Rock En Seine, France

Sep 05: End Of The Road Festival, UK

Sep 06: Electric Picnic, Ireland

Sep 08: Glasgow Barrowland, UK

Sep 09: Liverpool Olympia, UK

Sep 11: Bestival, UK

Sep 12: Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany

Oct 09: Austin City Limits, TX

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