Tame Impala: ‘We shouldn’t feel guilty for liking types of music we used to take the piss out of’

Australian band release their diverse third album on Friday (July 18)

Tame Impala leader Kevin Parker has explained the sonic shift on his band’s new album, attributing the record’s diversity to expanding his musical tastes.

The band’s third album ‘Currents’ enters the realm of electro-pop, disco rock, new romanticism and yacht rock, as well as the group’s well-trodden psychedelic terrain.

Speaking to NME in this week’s print issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Parker said that he and his bandmates are :experiencing the world in a different way” and “realising that we shouldn’t feel guilty for liking types of music that we used to take the piss out of before”.

Parker added: “I used to shut out the [pop music] side of things because I considered my identity to be more understated, but I realise now that that side of things can also bring out good art. Really, before now I was boxing myself in.”

“There are always different parts of you can choose to let shine,” he continued. “Now I feel open to trying new things in music that I otherwise would have shut out because they were taboo.”

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Tame Impala live on stage

The Australian band release ‘Currents’ this Friday (July 17), following on from 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ and 2010 debut ‘Innerspeaker’.

Parker previously described the record as both “groove-based” and “club-friendly”.

“Listening to [our music] was very much a kind of headphone, solitary experience,” Parker said. “Which is cool, but I’ve moved on from that. I’ve always loved listening to music on my own, but there’s another side of me that is just fascinated by… like Goa trance, for example – just a rave on a beach in India, you know? Where there’s someone that’s spinning the music and it’s just this free-flowing continuous energy.”

“I wanted to make something that from the sound of it could be down at the club,” Parker added. “I just realised that I’d never heard Tame Impala played somewhere with a dancefloor or where people were dancing.”

The ‘Currents’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Let It Happen’
‘The Moment’
‘Yes I’m Changing’
‘The Less I Know The Better’
‘Past Life’
‘Cause I’m A Man’
‘Reality In Motion’
‘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)