Kevin Parker details the Tame Impala “creative strain”
Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has been discussing the “creative strain” he has endured when trying to create a new album with the Australian band.
The new album, The Slow Rush, is the long-awaited follow up to follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed record Currents and is made up of 12 new tracks which have been drip released since Parker confirmed the record last year.
Due for release on 14th February, Parker has sat down with Mojo for a wide-ranging interview to discuss the creative journey around the band’s fourth studio album. “Finishing an album is by far the hardest thing I have to go through because everything else is just work, you know?” he said.
When asked if he had ever considered quitting the project, Parker replied: “Yeah, of course. The times when I wanted to get off the wave were really just when there was a creative strain.”
He added: “It’s actually the creative side when I have the times where I’m like, ‘Oh fuck, I can’t do this’ or ‘I’m never going to get to a point where I’m happy with this album.’ Even though that creative side’s what I’m best at, that’s the only time where I’m like, ‘Aargh! Fuck this!’”
Discussing the album in a more general sense, the singer admitted that he wasn’t entirely sure of the direction The Slow Rush would take: “I knew I wanted the music to be more free-flowing and more stream-of-consciousness, which is a quality I think I ended up getting,” he said. “But my desire is always to make minimal music, music that’s as bare-bones as possible.
“To me, the greatest piece of music in the world is just dead simple. So I like to be minimal, but I always end up just going so deep.”