Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performing at the Gold Coast Big Day Out.
Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performing at the Gold Coast Big Day Out. Seanna Cronin

Tame Impala ready to get Splendid

TAME Impala's ARIA #1 LP Currents is up for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album.

The Australian band is up against releases from Alabama Shakes (from Bluesfest 2015), Björk, My Morning Jacket and Wilco.

The psych-rock band was nominated for a Grammy this year, in the Best Alternative Music Album category for their ARIA #4 LP Lonerism.

Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band from Perth, founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

The band performed at the last day of Splendour 2015, offering us some new music.

The band's third album, Currents, was released in July 2015.

Dense with heady lyrical introspection, musically the most playful, bold and varied Tame Impala record to date, Currents is Parker putting down his weapons and embracing change as the only constant: sonically, thematically, and personally.

Musically, Currents sounds like the work of a player on top of his game and having a blast; Parker indulging his whims and unafraid to dive down the rabbit hole after an idea.

Again operating as a one-man studio band, Parker's resultant record calls to mind contemporary hip hop production, Thriller, fried 70s funk, the irreverent playground Daft Punk presented on Discovery, swathes of future pop and emotional 80s balladry, all filtered through a thoroughly modern psychedelic third eye.

A genre-bending soundscape fuelled equally by curiosity as it is consciousness, it's exhilarating new territory for Tame Impala.

Lyrically the record finds Parker in a very different place in 2015 to where he was seven years ago.

Transitions in life, relationships, perspectives and mindsets, Currents maps Parker's evolution through these and finds him a brand new person.

In parts of both 2010's Innerspeaker and 2012's Lonerism Tame Impala sounded like a guy on the outer wanting in, now that he's found himself on the inside Parker's turned the spotlight in on himself.

Stopping to reflect on the road behind, where he finds himself currently, and the road ahead, Currents spans a tumultuous time.

The first track unveiled from the record, Let It Happen, is a perfectly encapsulating preview of what lies ahead. Coming in just short of eight minutes, Let It Happen traverses a swag of sonic terrain in its duration.

Parker's music is heavily influenced by late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic rock, which is achieved through various production methods.

Some favoured and often-used effects by Parker include phasing, delay, reverb and fuzz.