After three years in his Perth studio, Kevin Parker, Australian mastermind of Tame Impala, emerged with an excellent third album. Like his previous releases, Innerspeaker (2011) and Lonerism (2012), 29-year-old Parker recorded and produced Currents entirely on his own with a zealous meticulousness. This time, his psychedelic rock sound is decidedly more hi-fi - crisp, clear, and smooth - with even more production elements overlaid throughout.
Most noticeable is the heavy use of flanger, which washes over almost every song with a layer of warbly sonic waves, perhaps lending to the album’s title. Guitars also take a backseat to a heavier use of keys and synth, while Parker’s voice remains eerily similar to John Lennon’s. His drumming is again on point, and with plenty of lightly-funky basslines, he makes an exquisite one-man rhythm section.
The level of technical prowess behind the boards and sheer songcraft and musicianship is an impressive feat for one person. Check out Currents today.
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