Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker opened up in a new interview about the strain on him to create music, not only for the fans, but for himself. With new music debuting this year, a huge set of festival performances on the way, and the follow-up album to their 2015 seminal album expected soon, 2019 could be a big year for Mr. Parker.
The star, whose follow up to 2015’s LP Currents revealed to the New York Times that the wait for the new record is more of a personal creative personal issue “Part of the thing about me starting an album is that I have to feel kind of worthless again to want to make music,”
The Tame Impala man continued: “I started making music when I was a kid as a way of feeling better about myself, you know? The ironic thing is, if I’m feeling on top of the world or feeling confident or like everything’s good, I don’t have the urge to make music.”
Parker may have found himself at the centre stage of many a huge gig, his performance at Coachella 2019 was regarded as one of the best of the event, he insists that isn’t what motivates him. “I reckon a lot of artists get inspired by the idea of singing something to a crowd, many thousands of people,” he said. “But me, I prefer just to think about the kid wearing headphones riding the bus home from school, or having a bedroom headphone listening session. That’s where I come from.”
Luckily, we think, Parker did find some time for some songwriting for his band Tame Impala and has already debuted two new songs this year, ‘Borderline’ and ‘Patience’ which you’d expect to feature on the upcoming album.
Although that album has yet to be given a title (that we know of) or a release date, Parker revealed that the LP had “taken stage”. Parker continued “A lot of the songs carry this idea of time passing, of seeing your life flash before your eyes, being able to see clearly your life from this point onwards, I’m being swept by this notion of time passing. There’s something really intoxicating about it.”
All in all, we can gather that yes, there will be a new album this year and yes, Kevin Parker is still making music for the little man.