The first new material in nearly four years from the Kevin Parker-led band
Cai Trefor
13:13 22nd March 2019

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Tame Impala is back with the first new music since the acclaimed 2015 album Currents.

Released today on Fiction records, the track ‘Patience’ is a luscious, expansive piece weaving elements of 90s house with 70s disco into their psych pop DNA. Parker’s languid vocals, which float on top of the mesmerisingly diverse sonic backdrop, evoke a loose, happy feeling that make this new cut a good soundtrack to the changing seasons.

As for the lyrics, there’s a nod to the passing of time, which, on one hand, implies the writer reflecting on his own mortality. On the other, it can be read as a hippyish sense of wonderment with nature.

The release coincides with Tame Impala’s unstoppable rise in the music industry. They kick off a monumental festival summer (see full tour dates below) by headlining Coachella next month. Before that, the purveyors of transcendental sonic innovation and high-octane groove make their Saturday Night Live debut next weekend (30 March).

Though 'Patience' is the first new material since 2015 for Tame Impala, the band haven’t been quiet at all. Just busy making music under different monikers. For instance, members of Parker's backing band in Tame Impala are also busy with Pond. Synthesist Jay Watson’s been doing a solo project called GUM. And Kevin Parker’s been a studio hack for some big projects; including: Travis Scott, SZA, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Kanye West, Kali Uchis, Theophilus London, Miguel, A$AP Rocky and more. Impressive stuff, sure, but it's great to have him back in the spotlight and out of the studio.

Tame Impala tour dates:

April
13 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Indio, CA
20 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Indio,CA

May
02 - Ascend Amphitheatre - Nashville, TN
03 - ExploreAsheville.com Arena - Asheville, NC
05 - Shaky Knees Music Festival - Atlanta, GA
06 - St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine, FL
07 - Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami Beach FL
11 - Corona Capital Festival - Guadalajara, MEXICO
25 - Boston Calling Festival - Boston, MA
31 - Primavera Festival - Barcelona, SPAIN

June
01 - We Love Green - Paris, FRANCE
05 - Garden - Gotenberg, SWEDEN
06 - NorthSide - Aarhus, DENMARK
21 - Hurricane Festival - Sheebel, GERMANY
22 - Southside Festival - Neuhausen ob eck, GERMANY
26 - Glasonbury - Pilton, ENGLAND

August
01-04 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
09 - Flow Festival - Helsinki, FINLAND
14 - Pukkelpop - Hasselt, BELGIUM
15 - La Route Du Rock - Rennes, FRANCE
16 - Lowlands Festival - Walibi Holland, NETHERLANDS

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Photo: Matt Sav