What does it sound like?:
The hype around Currents is that it is Kevin Parker’s ‘disco’ album. Don’t be fooled. There is little here that is club ready, the opening single, Let It Happen, being the closest. Parker may have largely abandoned guitars for synthesiser and keyboard washes but the rhythm section is resolutely ‘rock’ with characteristically compressed drums and beefy, as opposed to funky, bass. There are warps and woozy distortions in the music and the vocals are often multi-layered in dreamy harmony to maintain the Tame Impala characteristic psychedelic feel.
Much is made of Parker’s voice sounding like John Lennon. On Currents, however, he sings in a very sweet soprano without a trace of Lennon bite. I’m reminded more of Green Gartside.
There is a shift in writing style too. The songs are less hook-laden, relying more on simple melodies and fewer extended instrumental passages. It sounds as though some of the songs Parker is rumoured to have written for Kylie have turned up here. There is an impressive pop sensibility present in neatly constructed songs such as The Moment and ‘Cause I’m A Man.
The overall sound is very lovely and comforting, disguising heartbreaking lyrics. All » Continue Reading.