Kevin Parker has been talking about new Tame Impala material.
It has been three years since Tame Impala’s last full-length record. Currents was the third studio album by the Australian rock band and it was released in July 2015 and, at the time of its release, signalled the end of a three-year stint without new material.
Having seen Tame Impala release a live record and book themselves in for a series of festival performances over this summer, Parker admitted that he is “ready to play some other songs live” before adding that he would be “very disappointed” if a new record isn’t out next summer.
“I like that the first time people hear it is the kind of the recorded glory,” Parker said while in conversation with Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, “like the premeditated thing that I’ve spent two years on, rather than being half drunk bashing it out on stage, hitting clanger notes.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Parker talks about his recent collaboration with collaboration with SZA, saying he “can’t really do anything more than hope” that the music is eventually released.
Other topics of conversation include his work on recent Kanye West album Ye, the death of Travis Scott and recalling a time they both worked in the studio. Oh, and on top of all that, suggested he would like to work with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner should the opportunity arise.
More recently, Parker added some words on the sleeve of the new Tame Impala live record to discuss his current mindset when it comes to new music: “This is Tame Impala’s first official-ish live release. It’s from one of our shows in the US, recorded and mixed with love by everyone at team Impala,” he begins before explaining that the 60-minute set was condensed down to 40 minutes for the vinyl. ” Maybe we’ll release the whole gig later on, or maybe we’ll just put the whole thing on the internet. Or maybe we’ll just do 10 more live albums,” he adds.
“Anyway people ask me if I get bored of playing the songs every night for about 77 tours,” Parker writes. “I’ve never really had time to think about it so I just say ‘not really sure a little bit whatever’. If I imagine a painter who painted a picture one day and then was asked to paint the same picture 100 times I’d expect him to get pretty sick of that painting. But if every time he painted it he got to feel just a fraction of the love I feel from our audiences and fans in every city we play and the expressions on people’s faces in the front row when “their” song comes on I imagine the painter would have no trouble painting that same picture every day for the rest of his life.”