Australian funk-rockers Tame Impala performed new tunes at their headlining Coachella performance on Sunday (April 14), amid a psychedelic, dazzling set that spanned the band’s nearly decade-long career.
That included the summery, recently-released tracks “Borderline” and “Patience,” which mark Tame’s first hints of new music since their 2015 album Currents and fit right in with the band’s trademark hazy sound. In the time between, bandleader Kevin Parker has collaborated with Mark Ronson, Travis Scott, Lady Gaga, ZHU, Theophilus London and others as a producer and songwriter.
But the performance revisited the past just as much as it looked toward the future, incorporating almost the entirety of Currents — from the surging “Let It Happen,” which kicked off the set, to album standouts like “The Moment,” “Eventually” and “The Less I Know The Better.” The band also threw it back to their foot-stomping 2012 Lonerism hit “Elephant.”
“This is our fourth Coachella,” Parker noted — one of his few comments to the crowd. “I think it’s pretty safe to say never in a million years did I think I’d be up here, at this time of night, getting to play for all you guys.”
Throughout the set, trippy, oversaturated images of mountains and hot air balloons played onscreen, while an enormous halo-shaped light structure shifted and lit up above the band. Meanwhile, elaborate light effects bathed the crowd in color, creating the illusion of clouds in the sky. At one point, images of Parker appeared on the screen with light beams streaming out of his eyes.
Though the band’s set ended up competing with teen pop sensation Billie Eilish (whose own set one stage over began late due to technical difficulties, causing overlap with Tame’s), their older hits were good as new at the festival, proving Parker’s penchant for crafting timeless, enduring sounds — and reinvigorating fans’ hopes for new music to come. Parker has been teasing an upcoming project from Tame over the past year, telling Billboard last August that the band has “gone back to being my main focus.”
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be up here, I’m so thankful for you guys watching,” Parker gushed to the crowd before the finale. “Thank you everyone who’s come with us up until this point.”