There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Tame Impala‘s upcoming album, The Slow Rush, and the hype is real. Having just gone live, Kevin Parker sat down with the legendary Zane Lowe for an exclusive interview on Apple Music about the album, his creative process, and more. There’s no doubt that this is his most anticipated album yet, and it’s with good reason. For one, Kevin embraced profound yet deeply relatable themes, “time” being a big one. Over the years he’s been able to push his creative skills to the max and sonically, we’re ready to expect his best work yet.
“Rhythms for me, almost more important than the actual melodic chords and stuff themselves. Outside of drums and percussion and stuff, the rhythm of the vocals, the rhythm of the baseline. All the rhythms going together is, to me… To me that’s like the cornerstone of Tame Impala music and has always been without me realizing it. This album, I just really wanted to explore that more and push it further.”
“I’ll do anything that gets me inspired, anything that kind of gives me, that puts me in… Causes those lightning bolts. Even with this album, I was doing things that made me uncomfortable just for the purpose of being creative because I’m the most creative when I’m uncomfortable… I hate being stoned in public, so I’ll like get stoned and go to the shops. I wrote a couple of… The start of one of the songs was from that.”
“It was awesome. He’s so enthused by ideas. If he has an idea or if someone has an idea, he’s into it, he’d just go for it. He doesn’t waste time kind of doubting himself or doubting things. Which is extremely valuable, because you need that burst of conviction. Conviction is the word. I tried to take on some of that conviction when I’m working, because doubt and all that kind of stuff is poisonous in creativity.”