Clocking in at a touch over six minutes, “Posthumous Forgiveness” is deep in every detail. On it, Parker explores his relationship with his late father Jerry, with whom the Australian artist had an estranged relationship (Parker senior died a decade ago at 61 years of age, following a battle with skin cancer).
Parker bears his soul on “Posthumous Forgiveness”, arguably his most personal song yet. “You took your sorries to the grave,” he sings. And later, Parker recounts: “Wanna tell you ’bout the time/ Wanna tell you ’bout my life/ Wanna play you all my songs/ Hear your voice, sing along/ I wanna say it’s alright/ You’re just a man after all/ And I know you have demons/ I got some of my own/ Think you passed ’em along.”
It’s a tale of two parts. The first four minutes are hewn in psychedelic rock, the final stanza a return to the dreamy synth soundscapes of Currents, Tame Impala’s critically lauded third album.
“Posthumous Forgiveness” is the fourth Tame Impala release this year, following “Patience,” “Borderline” and “It Might Be Time”. The new track will appear on the alternative rock outfit’s next album The Slow Rush, due out Feb. 14, 2020.