Tame Impala The Slow Rush
Remastering the Psychedelic Genre
March 3, 2020
On Kevin Parker’s fourth studio album “The Slow Rush”, he returns as Tame Impala with his psychedelic rhythm and synth ambiance. The new sounds are filled with nostalgia, memories, the future, and the uncertainty of time.
Five years after the release of “Currents” in 2015, Tame Impala’s popularity has skyrocketed with their most popular song from that album being “The Less I Know The Better” and “Let It Happen” with their upbeat psychedelic rhythm and groovy beats. Unlike their current album, Parker takes a slower approach and goes more with a melancholic sound to go into a deeper and more personal account of nostalgia and his own love life.
In the song “Posthumous Forgiveness” Parker talks about his relationship with his father over a slow and dramatic beat. He talks about past issues and how some things from the past are just not meant to be known and how you must accept it and move on. Now to a more uplifting and groovy tempo, the track “Is It True” talks about the future of one’s love life and how you must live in the moment to really appreciate and take in all of the beauties of one and emotions that you may feel. Parker goes on to explain how the moment may pass so you really must be there to be in the moment. With time being a running theme in this album, Parker opens the album with the track “One More Year” and ends it with the track “One More Hour”. “The Slow Rush” opens with the track “One More Year” and talks about the uncertainty of time and one’s true purpose. Talks about how we do not know where our life leads us but we must make the best of it and live life to the fullest. The album then closes with the track “One More Hour” with its heavy but also peaceful rhythm. He talks about his future and how it is now set and watches everything go in motion, he sits back and watches time speed up and sees how every piece falls into place.
Tame Impala’s “The Slow Rush” changes the genre of alternative and psychedelic music and gives it a new meaning. With the loud, crashing sounds of the drums, to the quiet and yet peaceful synth, it gives the album a new and unique way of telling a story of love, nostalgia, and how time is out of our control.