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Tame Impala's Kevin Parker: 'Every album I make is closer to the music I want to listen to'

Australian frontman discusses new album 'Currents' in NME interview

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Tame Impala band leader Kevin Parker has spoken about the group's upcoming third album and how the new material is closer to the "ultimate kind of music" that he'd like to create.

The Perth-based outfit release third album 'Currents' on July 17 via Fiction, following on from 2012's 'Lonerism' and 2010 debut 'Innerspeaker'. They have so far revealed the tracks 'Cause I'm A Man', 'Disciples', 'Eventually' and 'Let It Happen'.

Now, speaking to NME in this week's issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Parker has explained the decision to pursue more of a dance route with the LP rather than continuing with the psych-rock sound that they're known for.

"I think I just wanted to make songs that I had always wanted to do, but I’d always shut out, because I thought that those influences were taboo or not fitting the realm of psych rock," Parker said. "But the more I explore, the more I realise that those boundaries are meant to be broken."

He added: "I’ve always loved groove-based music – for me, 'Lonerism' was like the gateway to that; there was a lot of groove on ‘Lonerism’. I never really 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. Every album I make I feel like I get closer to making like the ultimate kind of music that I would want to listen to."

Elsewhere in the interview, Parker reveals that the money revenue from 'Lonerism' managed to pay for a house, equipped with its very own recording and lighting studios. He also discussed themes behind that album's track, saying of 'New Person, Same Old Mistakes': "It's like the final battle between optimism and pessimism. You feel like you've evolved into a new person but at the same time you've gone full circle. You feel like this brand-new person but in the end nothing's been changed because you're making the same mistakes".

READ FULL INTERVIEW: Tame Impala On New Album 'Currents': "The More I Explore, The More I Realise Boundaries Are Meant To Be Broken"

Parker recently spoke about news that his Australian record labels are being sued over unpaid royalties owed to the band. Modular Recordings and Universal Music Australia are involved in a lawsuit with rights management organisation BMG, with it claimed that the Australian band are owed over $450,000 (£295,000) in royalties.

The 'Currents' tracklisting is as follows:

'Let It Happen'
'Nangs'
'The Moment'
'Yes I'm Changing'
'Eventually'
'Gossip'
'The Less I Know The Better'
'Past Life'
'Disciples'
'Cause I'm A Man'
'Reality In Motion'
'Love/Paranoia'
'New Person, Same Old Mistakes'


Tame Impala will play a handful of UK and Ireland dates later this year. They are as follows:

Electric Picnic Festival (September 4)
End Of The Road Festival (5)
Glasgow Barrowland (8)
Liverpool Olympia (9)
Isle of Wight Bestival (10)


To check the availability of Tame Impala tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.
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