Critics’ Corner

Music – Tame Impala – The Slow Rush


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Asia Bertuccioli, Junior, Staff Reporter

Following the 2020 Grammy Awards, many artists have released new music to start the new year off right. On February 14, 2020, Tame Impala, a music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, released The Slow Rush. His previous album was released in 2015, Currents, with hit The Less I Know The Better gaining 481 million streams on Spotify. Written, recorded and produced himself, Parker has gained popularity, performing at many festivals and collaborating with known artists such as Travis Scott, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. 

The Slow Rush is composed of 12 songs about the feelings he has experienced throughout his life. Before releasing the completed album, he released five songs off the album as singles from April to January until the full release. The recurring theme throughout the album is the passage of time which displays moments of his life. However, it is not only a reflection of the past but also an insight of his thoughts on the future.

The album has a psychedelic pop and soft rock sound to it, especially highlighted in the first song, One More Year. He sings about the course of 12 months and the responsibilities that come and go and by living one day at a time. Considering that this is Tame Impala’s first album since 2015, he shows the ideals of perfectionism and expectations put on him that he has struggled with as a popular artist. One of the songs, Posthumous Forgiveness is a dedication to his father through  ‘60s inspired beats. The album has a mix of upbeat songs such as Instant Destiny, Borderline and One More Hour which highlight the drums and a keyboard as the background in the chorus. From this album, Breathe Deeper, Borderline, Lost In Yesterday, and One More Year they have gained their place as his top five most popular songs on Spotify. 

The Slow Rush climbed its way up to first in the Australian Billboards, and has given Tame Impala the satisfaction he needed following his hit album Currents. Overall, the meaning behind the album and the title shows an insight into Tame Impala’s life adding lots of depth to it. The songs can be slightly over repetitive but the beats give them an interesting unique factor.