The band, headlining Coachella this year, have promised "new sounds"
From their remarkable debut ‘Innerspeaker’ in 2010 to headlining Coachella in 2019, Aussie psychedelic rockers Tame Impala have enjoyed an astonishing rise. Over the course of their three albums, they’ve won over thousands of fans with their woozy tunes, each album further cementing their places on the top of countless festival bills.
Yet it’s been almost four years since the band’s last record, the stonking, R&B infused ‘Currents’, and fans are still eagerly awaiting Tame Impala’s fourth album – but this year they could be in luck. With frontman Kevin Parker previously saying he’d be disappointed if the band’s next album wasn’t out before summer 2019, and new music being teased, 2019 could be the year of Tame Impala. Here, then, is everything we know so far about the band’s fourth LP.
When can we expect new music from Tame Impala?
At some point in 2019! When it was announced that Tame Impala would be headlining Coachella in 2019, the band shared a picture of the festival lineup on Instagram, accompanied by the tantalising caption: “New year. New shows. New sounds.”
When will the new Tame Impala album be released?
This is currently unconfirmed. However, Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has said he’d be disappointed if the band didn’t release their new album by summer. Ask by Beats 1 DJ Matt Wilkinson if there’d be a new album in 2019, Parker said: “I would very much hope so. I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t have something out by then.” He added: “I mean, I love playing the songs live – I love playing ‘Currents’ songs; I love playing ‘Lonerism’ songs and everything – but I think I’m ready to play some other songs live. All the instinctual things are there.”
What will Tame Impala’s fourth album sound like?
Parker has said that he doesn’t “like to play unreleased songs live… the first time people hear it is the kind of the recorded glory, like the premeditated thing that I’ve spent two years on, rather than being half drunk bashing it out on stage you know, hitting clanger notes and stuff.” This means we’re unlikely to hear any of the new tunes live prior to their release.
Additionally, the musician has expressed interest in working with the “god-like” Daft Punk. When asked by Billboard who he’d like to work with, Parker said he held the French dance duo in “absolutely legendary regard,” adding: “They’re so god-like to me, but I don’t even know what I’d do or how I’d do it with them.”
Are Tame Impala touring in 2019?
Oh yes. They’ve been announced for a handful of worldwide festival dates, but as of yet a 2019 tour hasn’t been announced. Tame Impala will play the following festival dates in 2019:
13 – Coachella, California, US
20 – Coachella, California, US
3-5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta, US
31 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
1-2 – We Love Green Festival, Paris, France
Saturday 22 – Southside Festival, Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
9-11 – Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland