Kevin Parker details the Tame Impala “creative strain”
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Kevin Parker breaks down the Tame Impala song ‘It Might Be Time’

Tame Impala leader Kevin Parker is spending his time in self-isolation by reflecting on the bands’ most recent material.

The Australian band finally released their fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, which was made available to stream earlier this year. The record arrived as the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2015 effort Currents and has seen the psyche band overcome repeated setbacks in its creation: “Part of the thing about me starting an album is that I have to feel kind of worthless again to want to make music,” frontman Parker previously said.

Having released singles ‘Patience’ and ‘Borderline’ in March and April 2019, the release of The Slow Rush encountered repeated delays as Parker detailed the “creative strain” which followed him around in the creation fo the new material. Once it did arrive, however, the album did not disappoint.

While fans have their own individual favourites, a particular high comes in the shape of ‘It Might Be Time’ which Parker described as “ bad drum sound for me is the least inspiring thing” in the latest episode of the Song Exploder podcast which sees the musician break down the track.

“The hook kinda sounded like someone teasing someone,” Parker explained. “So then I thought it could be cool to make it like your own subconscious teasing you. That’s where [the lyric] ‘it might be time to face it’ came from.”

He continued: “I had this idea for a clip of someone going around trying to live their life and these almost gremlin-like kids just jumping out from behind corners, when they’re trying to do something cool,” he laughed. “Because that’s kind of how I saw it – internal gremlins.”

Turning his attentions to the songwriting process of the track, Parker added: “I like to have drums sounding good off the bat, because a bad drum sound for me is the least inspiring thing.

“Like, I can’t work on a song. Even when I record drums for just messing around, it’s still this sound that I’ve dialled in.”

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