Just last week, the Aussie psychedelic rock outfit teased their fourth studio LP, then set the record straight with its title and cover art, alongside an ambiguous 2020 release plan.
The mystery is no more. Slow Rush will arrive Feb. 14, 2020, almost five years after the release of Currents, their award-winning third LP.
Recorded between Los Angeles and Parker’s studio in his hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia, The Slow Rush will stretch across 12 tracks, including the previously released “Borderline,” “Patience”, and the new cut “It Might Be Time.”
Make no mistake, Parker is the mastermind behind Tame Impala. He recorded, produced and mixed the entire set, which will be printed in four heavyweight double disc vinyl formats — standard black, forest green, red/blue, and splatter (as an exclusive via the Tame Impala webstore).
Many of its 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. I’m being swept by this notion of time passing,” Parker told the New York Times earlier this year. “There’s something really intoxicating about it.”
There’s certainly something intoxicating about the new release, a refreshing dose of vintage prog powered by punchy old-school electronic keys which remind of Supertramp’s “The Logical Song.” We get a taste of a different unreality when Parker’s spaced-out vocals enter the picture.
On it, Parker is looking back, and forward. “It might be time to face it/ It ain’t as fun as it used to be, no/ You’re goin’ under/ You ain’t as young as you used to be/ It might be time to face it/ You ain’t as cool as you used to be, no/ You won’t recover You ain’t as young as you used to be,” he sings.
Its artwork continues the Slow Rush imagery created with photographer Neil Krug, which offers a surrealist glimpse at Mother Nature taking control as sandhills pile up and consume a home from the inside.
Over the past six months Tame Impala have headlined several major festivals including Coachella, Primavera, Lollapalooza, ACL and Splendour in the Grass, and a run of arena shows.
Stream “It Might Be Time” below.