Tame Impala have announced the release date of their new album ‘The Slow Rush’ by sharing new single ‘It Might Be Time’.
After confirming that long-awaited fourth album ‘The Slow Rush‘ would be coming in 2020, Kevin Parker and co. have now announced that the record will be released on February 14. The album can be pre-ordered across all formats here.
Posting about the track and the album announcement on Instagram this evening (October 28), Parker explained more about the delays which have affected the release of ‘The Slow Rush’ and promised that he would be touring the record in 2020.
“There are all sorts of excuses I could serve you but it basically all comes down to me hating the idea of giving you anything that isn’t the best my entire heart and soul and brain can give,” Parker wrote. “But I’m so fucking relieved the day has finally come that I can give you a date, I guess you are too…”
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Hey everyone sorry i’ve been a bit quiet for the last 4 billion years and sorry it’s all been a bit weird this year, there are all sorts of excuses i could serve you but it basically all comes down to me hating the idea of giving you anything that isn’t the best my entire heart and soul and brain can give. But i’m so fucking relieved the day has finally come that i can give you a date, I guess you are too… And i’m so excited for touring next year and beyond with a new show and new album of songs and yes we’ll come to peru and yes we’ll come to brazil and wherever you live in the world because that’s all i want to do for the rest of my life. I’ll be waiting anxiously with you until feb 14 2020, in the meantime enjoy this quirky new song about your own inner paranoid thoughts telling you you’ve lost your mojo, and whose drum sound took me about 1 of those 4 billion years. love you all
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1 about ‘It Might Be Time’ earlier today, Parker said: “I love those kind of like, Supertramp melodies, kind of seventies prog, emotional things. But I also love extremely distorted, bombastic blown out drums, you know? And I feel like I haven’t done a song in a long time where the drums are just like, the main feature, you know, where it just like does explosions in drum form. Well it’s my love, you know, drum sounds.
“Across like all music, like whether it’s… the music that I’m listening to, you know, whether it’s like, rock and roll or hip-hop or whatever, the drums are just the thing that I love the most., I never expect other people to care about drums as much as I do, so I don’t always put them at the forefront of my music, but this time I was just like, good.”
As for the seemingly distant Valentine’s Day release date of the record, Parker said: “I guess I just wait patiently so that the vinyl factories to do their thing. I have had so many conversations with my record label and the management and stuff. It’s like, you know, in contrast to like, [Kanye West’s new album] ‘Jesus is King‘. You know when it came out, like what, eight hours after they were finished working on it? So it’s like, I’ll have those conversations, everyone like, ‘Why can’t we do it like that?’ You know?
“Because I would give anything, I would give anything to be able to release the album that soon after I’m finished it. You know? As would any artist. Any artist would just be like, oh my God, all they want to do when they finish it is have people hear it, you know? Like there and then, so like the four month waiting thing or whatever it is.”
“A lot of the songs carry this idea of time passing, of seeing your life flash before your eyes, being able to see clearly your life from this point onwards,” said Parker of the new album earlier this year. “I’m being swept by this notion of time passing. There’s something really intoxicating about it.”
‘The Slow Rush’ will be the follow-up to Tame Impala’s 2015 album ‘Currents’. Watch the album trailer below.
Earlier this year, Parker contributed to Mark Ronson’s new album ‘Late Night Feelings’ by co-writing the song ‘Find U Again’, which features Camila Cabello.
Despite the lack of a new record, Tame Impala have continued to tour throughout 2019 – including a triumphant headline set on Glastonbury’s Other Stage in June.
NME’s five-star verdict stated: “A worthy spectacle on the Other Stage then, and, should their new album hit just as hard as previous releases, it’s hard not to imagine them headlining the whole damn thing in the near future.”