The Australian group released their last record, ‘Currents‘, in 2015. In a four-star review, NME said: “From the crisp, hip-hop accenting on the drums to the full-bodied bass and vivid synths, ‘Currents’ is an audiophile’s wet dream.”
Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, Parker discussed where he was at with new material. “I would very much hope so [to release a new Tame Impala record in summer 2019], I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t have something out by then,” he said. “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.”
The band have recently performed at a string of festivals including Madrid’s Mad Cool, London’s Citadel and Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. No new songs have appeared in their setlist, however, and Parker has explained that he doesn’t “like to play unreleased songs live.” “I like that 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,” he said.
Meanwhile, Parker also discussed Tame Impala’s chances of headlining Glastonbury, saying they would have to “double the laser and confetti amount.” He also spoke about whether he would be open to collaborating with Alex Turner in the future.
Last week (July 20), Tame Impala shared a video for their recent collaboration with ZHU. Visuals for the track ‘My Life’ featured Willow Smith playing a survivor of a car wreck.
Parker also contributed to Kanye West’s recent album ‘Ye’, but was unaware he would be on it until a friend texted him and told him his song was being played at the Wyoming listening party. The musician had allegedly sent Kanye some samples to feature on the album, but didn’t hear back from the rapper and had assumed they didn’t make the cut.