The Magic of Tame Impala: The Slow Rush


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Flawless in creation, The Slow Rush is an episodic concept that draws on temporal themes of the unending cycle of life.

Similar to that of a slow rush in itself, we seemingly crash through our lifetimes – without actually having a sense of feeling about them at all.

I felt like I heard Tame Impala’s deep dive of The Slow Rush for the first time, in a fever dream. More so a surreal escapist than that of your generic music artist, it is no wonder his ravenous audience is lapping up every morsel Tame Impala (Kevin Parker) gives us to consume.

After all, we hadn’t spoken about Tame Impala (Kevin Parker) elusive acts of music since his commercial corner of Currents. That was back in 2015. 2020, and we have the return of said fever dream with The Slow Rush 5 years later.

Drawing on ideas witnessing your own lifetime whizzing by in a mere lightning bolt, The Slow Rush is a piece of work that praises the unending cycle of life. This unending – and simply unnatural feeling – is ever-present in its song names too, as it draws on elements of oxymorons with Instant Destiny, Tomorrow’s Dust and Lost in Yesterday, that as phrases, give you no feeling of resolve or – dare I say it – a formative ending. The album concept name itself Slow Rush, gives us an impression of these temporal themes, perceiving the problematic feeling of rushing our passage of time without actually feeling it at all.

The album even ends on Parker longing for One More Hour – despite seemingly wasting his time, as he originally requested a longer duration of time at the beginning of the album with One More Year. This emphatic illustration draws on us as humans to unduly ask for more and more time – despite already having it.

But, of course we come to the eventual realisation about it all with, Is it True and It Might Be Time – with Parker reciting, “something doesn’t feel right” when we do realise it is our time to eventually face the music.

With that said, Tame Impala’s ebbings and flowings of creating stills in music has been prevalent since his first experiment with InnerSpeaker in 2010. Giving the music project name of Tame Impala, insinuating that it is indeed a band behind the music, Parker’s approach to psychedelia, dystopia and surrealism has reached the breaking point of the genre we know it as, “psychedelic rock”, and ultimately smashed Parker’s music into a genre of its own.

Despite the disjointed efforts of Parker recording one half of the album in Los Angeles and his own home studio in Fremantle, Australia, the album concept is anything but. The Slow Rush just adds to the ever-existing beauty that fulfils Parker’s music already.

9 responses to “The Magic of Tame Impala: The Slow Rush”

  1. I’M BACK! What have I missed? – Man v Music avatar
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  2. Nate's Music Musings avatar
    Nate’s Music Musings

    An amazing concept album from Tame Impala! Love the review, too. Maybe not his best but is certainly a worthy contender … !!

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    1. manvmusic avatar

      Ah thanks Nate – yeah you’re not wrong, not the best but still a strong album on its own. I love the concept of this, too. Time: do we not have enough or too much?

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  5. EclecticMusicLover avatar

    I love Tame Impala. While not quite as good as ‘Currents’, ‘The Slow Rush’ is still an outstanding album.

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    1. manvmusic avatar

      I don’t think anything can top ‘Currents’ at this point – ‘The Slow Rush’ is a strong contender though. The concept tops it for me!

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  6. R. Cross avatar
    R. Cross

    I love how “One More Year” has an odd time signature, yet with a flow that doesn’t leave the listener tripping over his/her feet. It has a subtle disorienting effect, similar to the way “Let It Happen” had a floating quality derived from its turning around after every third bar instead of the fourth. That’s Parker for you–seeking new avenues of psychedelia.

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    1. manvmusic avatar

      Yeah I like it! It’s an odd feeling of illusions in music that makes Parker’s music one of a kind really. Nice spot! Love that; thank you for sharing your best album moments.


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