Like its predecessors, the album received critical acclaim, and appeared on various critics' lists of the best albums of 2015. Parker's star power as a collaborator continued to rise during the band's downtime; in 2018 he guested on Travis Scott 's Astroworld , he co-wrote a song on Kanye 's Ye album, and teamed up with Ronson again on 2019’s … "It Might Be Time" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 7 on the Ultratip chart. This included toying with things he considered musically "cheesy" or taboo, including drum machines and various effects. Shortly before its release, he said, "I still think this album is completely unlistenable. On the Tame Impala front, they released an expanded edition of Currents — which contained three previously unheard tracks and remixes by Pond and Soulwax — in 2017. In the United States it was released by Interscope Records and Fiction Records, while Caroline International released it in other international regions. "[7] Parker set a deadline to complete the record because of his tendency to procrastinate; he described having a deadline as "a blessing in disguise because it forces you to make decisions there and then. In 2016 it peaked at #4 in the US Top 100 and #2 in the rock charts, and now t he album has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide. And he's lonelier than ever. [44], Currents appeared on several critics' lists of the best albums of 2015. The band signed to Modular among a bidding war and the band's eponymous debut EP was released in September 2008 to national acclaim;[1][2] it topped the Australian Independent Record Labels Chart and peaked at number 10 on the Australian Singles Chart,[3] as well as receiving widespread positive reviews and leading the band to appear on Triple J's Hottest 100 list at the end of the year. [31][32] Prior to recording, Parker made the decision to break up with French singer-songwriter Melody Prochet. Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone. Five years of Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’: The album that made Kevin Parker a legend . '"[52] Mojo also ranked the record as fourth-best of the year. One day later, Parker was in New York for a mastering session with engineer Greg Calbi. [69] In September 2015, the UK's Official Charts Company announced the creation of a new monthly chart called the Official Progressive Albums Chart, and that Currents would be its first number-one album.[70]. [6], He began writing songs shortly after completing Lonerism,[10] but was unable to specify when the album began to take shape: "There’s never really a start and never really an end either. "[11] The idea to compile his songs into an album came when he had between 10–20 songs ready. Which in the end makes for good art. 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The Slow Rush, the fourth Tame Impala studio effort, was released in February. "[45], Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote "A lot of the album's power and strangeness comes from the way [the lyrics] cut against the lusciousness of the arrangements... and the loveliness of the melodies." On Metacritic, the album holds an average critic score of 84, based on 38 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". His 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a GRAMMY nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. 4.7 out of 5 stars 754. But it's also decidedly hermetic, nearly airless. It's the act's third full-length studio effort and it launches with 50,000 units (of which just over 45,000 are pure album sales, a career high). [7][9] He hoped to deviate from the creative process by which he created Lonerism, which he described as torturous, but ultimately found himself "falling down completely the same hole again" on Currents. He concluded his review, "For someone who once sang 'Feels like we only go backwards', moving forward seems like Kevin Parker's only preoccupation right now." [36], Parker stated that "The Less I Know the Better" "shouldn't be on a Tame Impala album because it has this dorky, white disco funk. Currents is the third studio album by Australian musical project Tame Impala. [5] In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked Currents 382nd on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". [41] Ian Cohen of Pitchfork gave the album a "Best New Music" designation, saying, "Nearly every proper song on Currents is a revelatory statement of Parker's range and increasing expertise as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist while maintaining the essence of Tame Impala". Some call it a doona. At the 2015 ARIA Music Awards, Currents was awarded Best Rock Album and Album of the Year, and it also received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and the J Award for Australian Album of the Year. And he's lonelier than ever. [12] In May 2014, Parker spoke of his growing inclination toward recording the album in a triple J radio interview, explaining that: "I'm getting more and more sucked into the world of making an album. "[18] Parker contended this approach helped his writing, noting, "Things flow easier [after a few drinks] — the flow is the most important thing for me for recording. [62] The album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Tame Impala, the Australian psychedelic lo-fi band, has been making super crunchy music for a long time. Kevin Parker also produces music for different artists under his own name. "[50] Andy Gill of The Independent said, "while copious application of phasing offers a link to Tame Impala’s psychedelic roots, the absence of guitar wig-outs may disappoint some fans". 4.2 out of 5 stars 6. Currents has sold over 120,000 copies in North America as of December 2015. [66] In the United States, the album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, moving 50,000 "equivalent album units" in its first week, 45,000 of which were sales;[67] it was the group's first top-ten entry on the chart. [1] [68] As of December 2015, 120,000 copies of Currents have sold in North America. The album received "universal acclaim" according to Metacritic,[10] and placed in the top 40 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the United States. Tame Impala's third studio album, Currents, was released 17 July 2015. Currents is the third studio album by Australian musical project Tame Impala. Thematically, the record is about the process of personal transformation, which many critics interpreted to be the result of a romantic break-up. [4] Tame Impala's debut studio album, Innerspeaker, was released in May 2010 and received international acclaim,[5][6] as well as peaking at number 4 on the Australian Albums Chart and placing in the national charts in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Parker's 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Currents: Won N/A Best Rock Album Won N/A Best Pop Release "Let It Happen" Nominated Jarryd James - "Do You Remember" Best Group Currents Won N/A Engineer of the Year Kevin Parker - Tame Impala Won N/A Producer of the Year Won N/A 2016: Best Australian Live Act Australian Tour Nominated Hilltop Hoods - The Restrung Tour 2019: Engineer of the Year High quality Tame Impala inspired duvet covers by independent artists and designers from around the world. [14] According to Parker, "the only rule was to make an attempt to abandon the rules that I've set up in the past." [26] This was partially due to his gear being inaccessible: "We'd finish one tour in say, Europe, go home for two weeks, and all our gear, including my guitars and pedals, would be on their way to South America." Some call it a duvet. The magazine said the album finds Parker "coming to the epiphany that no amount of pitch- and time-shifting will screw with your perception of reality as much as a lyric that's as direct and true as 'They say people never change but that's bullshit / They do. The album marks Tame Impala’s venture deeper into the ever-growing world of electronic music, but doesn’t stray too far from their rock roots. The release includes three B-sides and two remixes, and was released on 17 November. [16] The two-room studio contained a minimal amount of equipment: "a ramshackle drum kit, a guitar covered in duct tape and some battered vintage synths. For the first time, Parker mixedthe music and recorded all instruments … [65] It debuted at number three in the United Kingdom, becoming Tame Impala's first top-ten album in the country. "[20] Parker recorded dozens of vocals takes; according to him, for one song, he performed over 1,056 partial vocal takes. All rights reserved. Tame Impala's last album, 2012's Lonerism, debuted and peaked at No. "[34], The album's promotional cycle began when lead single "Let It Happen" was released as a free download on 10 March 2015. [26] Kevin Parker listened to R&B from the 1990s during recording,[17] which he had forced himself to reject while growing up due to peer pressures. He had a larger array of synthesizers at his home studio, which allowed them to become the prominent instrument. ... Electric Currents: sleeve artwork for Tame Impala’s latest album. Australia's Tame Impala have a new album due out July 17th (Friday release dates, y'all! "Posthumous Forgiveness" did not enter the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Top 20 Australian Artist Singles Chart chart. Currents was preceded by the release of the singles "Let It Happen", "'Cause I'm a Man" and "Eventually". Lonerism was voted number one on several publications' year-end album lists, including NME,[11] Loud and Quiet and FILTER. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. Save 5% on 2 select item(s) Get it as soon as Fri, Feb 5. Parker was inspired to seek a change out of desire to hear Tame Impala's music played in dance clubs and a more communal setting. [16], (Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala), "Solitude Is Bliss" did not enter the Flemish, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" did not enter the Flemish, "Let It Happen" did not enter the Walloon, "The Less I Know the Better" did not enter the Walloon. After a long break from making Tame Impala music, during which time Kevin Parker produced other people's albums and played in side projects, 2015's Currents shows that much has changed with the project. [8][9], Lonerism, Tame Impala's second studio album, was released in October 2012. [14] In an adjoining room, he began designing the light show that would accompany live performances of the album by using automated stage lights on stands. You'll be hearing tracks from Tame Impala's Currents, arguably the most anticipated Australian album of 2015, all this week as triple j's feature album.. 34 (12,000 sold in its first week). Currents was a renewal, a restoration to the detailed canvas he had previously tried to build. Like the group's previous two albums, Currents was written, recorded, performed, and produced by primary member Kevin Parker. [17], Recording the album soon became an obsession to Parker, as he worked "all day, every day," growing increasingly isolated. I've started to think about tracklistings and all the things that come with an album. [63], Currents debuted at number one in Australia,[64] the group's first album to top the charts in their native country. "Lost in Yesterday" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number four on the Ultratip chart. ^ Shipments figures based on certification alone. 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