Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker: ‘Odd Future are amazing’

Frontman says the hip-hop collective are "refreshing"

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has revealed that he is a massive fan of Odd Future, describing the hip-hop group as “Amazing”.

Parker professed his love for the LA collective, which features members Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, in a new interview for The Observer. Asked what the last great record he listened to was, Parker said: “My bandmate Dom has been into Odd Future for a while and he played me a few songs from this album. I’m not an avid hip-hop listener and I hadn’t really tuned into Odd Future before but I think they’re amazing. I like how they’re not afraid to say whatever they want. They’re not feeling confined – it’s refreshing.”

Meanwhile, discussing the album that most influenced the sound of Tame Impala, Parker opted for the 2003 Air album ‘Talkie Walkie’. “I was really inspired by the way they layered melodies and sounds to create a sort of electronic orchestra. That opened my eyes to new studio possibilities, because it was just two guys but they were making a world of sounds. It made me realise that it doesn’t have to sound like a band, it can sound like something totally different.”

Odd Future associate Frank Ocean previously spoke about his own admiration for Tame Impala, saying that Tyler, The Creator had turned him onto the Australian band. “As far as collaborations in the future for me, I don’t know. There’s this kid King Krule who is really sick and I would love to do something with. He has a special voice, really cool. I’m getting in with Danger Mouse when I get back to the States. Usually when I meet these guys if we happen to write something then we do but it’s good to just feel these things out,” he said. Before adding: “I love Tame Impala, Tyler put me onto them and they’re wicked. Their music has a freedom to it.”

Tame Impala will perform at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on June 25, shortly before a performance at Glastonbury festival.