By Emily Coberley
A few years ago, a friend shoved Currents by Tame Impala into my hands and told me listening to it would change my life. I ended up listening to it in my car about eight hundred times on repeat. Did it change my life? Not particularly, but it was one of the most fantastic albums I had heard in a while.
Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band that formed in 2007. It is a project created by Kevin Parker, the only person technically in the group. He does everything including writing, recording, performing, and producing the music. What started as a home recording project for Kevin has evolved into three extremely well received albums. The first two albums Innerspeaker and Lonerism came out in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Both are psychedelic rock albums that were received positively critically and commercially; Lonerism in particular received a Grammy nomination and reached platinum status. Currents came out in 2015. Currents retains the psychedelic sound the first two albums had, but it loses the pure rock feel. It is much more experimental and blends many different genres such as synth pop, R&B, and even disco.
I fell in love with this album at the first song “Let It Happen”, a hypnotic eight-minute song that sets the tone and themes of personal growth and change throughout the rest of the album. Other highlights for me include the songs “The Less I Know the Better” (an extremely catchy tune about heartbreak that I’ve danced to with my cats on multiple occasions), “Reality In Motion”, and “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” which is a perfect finale to the album and ties up the themes perfectly. There is not a bad song in my opinion. I sometimes skip “Past Life” because I’m not in the mood to listen to the robotic sounding voice Kevin uses in it, but it is still pretty good. The themes of change are sometimes overbearing; one of the songs is literally called “Yes I’m Changing”. Yes, we get it Kevin. You don’t need to sing it five hundred times. At the end of the day however Kevin displays his personal growth fantastically through Currents, an album very different from his previous music.
I can safely say this is one of my favorite albums ever, I still listen to it often to this day and it has helped me branch out in my music tastes a lot. If you have never heard psychedelic music in your life, this is a fantastic entry point in my opinion. It’s very easy to listen to, unlike some albums in the genre. I highly recommend this album to everyone.