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The Slow Rush
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush.png
Studio album by
Released14 February 2020
Studio
Genre
Length57:16
Label
ProducerKevin Parker
Tame Impala chronology
Currents
(2015)
The Slow Rush
(2020)
Singles from The Slow Rush
  1. "Borderline"
    Released: 12 April 2019
  2. "It Might Be Time"
    Released: 28 October 2019
  3. "Posthumous Forgiveness"
    Released: 3 December 2019
  4. "Lost in Yesterday"
    Released: 8 January 2020
  5. "Breathe Deeper"
    Released: 14 February 2020[8]
  6. "Is It True"
    Released: 7 August 2020[9][10]

The Slow Rush is the fourth studio album by Australian musical project Tame Impala, released on 14 February 2020.[11][12] It follows the 2015 album Currents and the 2019 singles "Patience" and "Borderline",[13] with the latter serving as the first single from the album.[11] Rooted in psychedelic disco music, the album was positively received by critics and reached the top 10 on many record charts around the world, debuting atop the charts in three countries and as well as on the US Alternative and Rock charts.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2020, the album won five categories, ARIA Award for Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album, Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year (the latter two for work by Parker).[14][15] The album also received a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, whilst "Lost In Yesterday" was nominated for Best Rock Song.

In October 2021, the band announced a deluxe box set edition would be released in February 2022, comprising B-sides and remixes of the album.[16]

Background

Kevin Parker said that his biggest takeaway from making both the previous Tame Impala album, 2015's Currents, and The Slow Rush was to trust his gut instincts. "I don't want to labor over music. More and more, that's becoming a quality of music that I'm allergic to."[17]

In an interview with Billboard, Parker said he was inspired by the career trajectory of "super-producer" Max Martin and that he wants to gradually break into the world of pop music.[18] In an interview with Uproxx, it was also revealed that one goal for The Slow Rush was to "try and use things from totally different worlds in the way that a hip hop producer would. To be almost collage-y."[17]

Writing and recording

While writing songs for the album in 2018 in Los Angeles, California, Parker had to flee a house in Malibu that he had rented on Airbnb due to widespread wildfires. Parker escaped with only his laptop, a hard drive, and his 1960s vintage Höfner bass; the remainder of his equipment at the house was destroyed.[18]

After releasing the singles "Patience" and "Borderline"—the former only appearing on the bonus track edition, the latter included on the tracklist in remixed form—in March and April 2019, the album's release was delayed. These two songs were first performed live on Saturday Night Live on 28 March 2019 and received commercial praise.[19]

In July 2019, Parker said: "Part of the thing about me starting an album is that I have to feel kind of worthless again to want to make music".[20] In October 2019, a video appeared on the band's website, and on 25 October, the video was extended to announce the title of the album and release year.[20] The video features Parker in the recording studio as well as snippets of unreleased music, which would later be included on the album as segments of the track "Tomorrow's Dust".[21]

"Borderline" was altered/remastered following a November 2019 listening party.[22] On 18 December 2019, Parker revealed in an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds show that this new version of "Borderline" would appear on The Slow Rush instead, jokingly referring to the single release as the "old 'Borderline'" upon the release of the album.

Composition

NME writes: "This is a 57-minute flex of every musical muscle in Parker’s body. Crunchy guitars are largely absent, but we're left with something far more intriguing – a pop record bearing masterful electronic strokes. If Currents soundtracked the glorious come-up, The Slow Rush is the wobbly morning after, with everything and everyone under question."[23]

The Slow Rush was called "an extraordinarily detailed opus" that reaches into "specific corners of the past six decades": Philly soul, early prog, acid house, adult contemporary-R&B, and even Late Registration. Noted as more upbeat than Tame Impala's previous records, the album has touches of '90s English techno and soft rock.[22][24] NPR noted: "Listen closely and you can pick up traces of Rick James, Paul McCartney and Wings, Ravel, Childish Gambino, Pink Floyd, Human League, Prince and on and on. [...] The post-psychedelic swirl of The Slow Rush registers as an organic blend, with the songs never feeling cluttered or too tightly scripted."[17] Parallels with James Blake's Assume Form (2019) were observed as well.[18]

Songs

The tone of the album is established on the "moody" space pop opening track "One More Year", called "Parker's most intimate song to date", featuring a steady beat, glitchy loops, a robotic chorus, and a tremolo effect.[23][22][24] "Instant Destiny" begins with a falsetto-led melody and features xylophones, while "Borderline" has "mournful keyboards" and a disco groove.[22][24] The funky/riffy and Jimmy Page-like "Breathe Deeper" "flits" between ravey pianos and '80s Fleetwood Mac – "with a touch of Daft Punk's 'Da Funk' thrown in the song's final 90 seconds". It is a '70s/'90s R&B crossover with an "ascendant" piano line.[18][22]

"Tomorrow's Dust" is an early-'70s "soul-cruiser".[22] A "bittersweet keyboard" in the semi-ballad "On Track" was said to resemble Daryl Hall.[22] The "festival-ready" "Lost in Yesterday" has a beachy vibe, dub effects, and an '80s bassline.[22][18] "Is It True" has a "boogie" sound.[23] The "Ironside"-esque siren that lends panic in "It Might Be Time" recalls Quincy Jones.[22] The two-minute "Glimmer" is house-y and mostly an instrumental.[18] "One More Hour" is bare and "drowning in echo", full of fluttering strings and an "apocalyptic, heavily phased guitar, then another gnarly riff, crashing drums, and Moog synths firing in all directions."[22]

Lyrics

The overarching theme of The Slow Rush was said to be "the passage of time".[18] Many of the tunes on The Slow Rush have a "multi-level dimensionality": the melodies "dwell in a sweet, idyllic late-afternoon mood" that can veil the "internal turbulence, doubt and emotional complexity lurking in the words".[17]

On "One More Year", Parker ponders about his connection to the places outside his studio, and outside his own head: "Do you remember we were standing here a year ago / Our minds were racing and time went slow / If there was trouble in the world we didn't know / If we ever cared we didn't show".[23] "Instant Destiny" is "a swirling start-stop of a victory lap where he threatens to do something crazy, like buy a house in Miami."[22] The second half of single "Posthumous Forgiveness", a "reckoning" with Parker's deceased father, is a "cathartic rumination" on their tricky relationship and Parker's superstardom: "Wanna tell you 'bout the time / I was in Abbey Road / Or the time that I had / Mick Jagger on the phone".[23]

Parker reflects on the power of nostalgia ("Lost in Yesterday") and the fear of losing his mojo ("It Might Be Time"), while the spindly "Tomorrow's Dust" is a "slap round the face" in the favour of progress: "There's no use tryin' to relate to that old song".[23] Closer "One More Hour" concludes Parker's journey as an "introvert searching for inner peace": "As long as I can, as long as I can spend some time alone."[22] He later employs a taunting, provocative tone in the song "heard on playgrounds everywhere": "Whatever I've done, I did it for love. I did it for fun. I did it for fame."[17]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[25]
Metacritic79/100[26]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[27]
The A.V. ClubC+[28]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[4]
Exclaim!6/10[29]
The Guardian4/5 stars[30]
The Independent4/5 stars[31]
NME4/5 stars[23]
Pitchfork8.0/10[22]
Q4/5 stars[32]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[33]

The Slow Rush was met with positive reviews from listeners and music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 79, based on 30 reviews.[26] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave it 7.6 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.

Jillian Mapes of Pitchfork wrote that "The Slow Rush is an extraordinarily detailed opus whose influences reach into specific corners of the past six decades."[34][25] NPR writer Tom Moon added: "While everybody else in the catchy-song business seems to be running in circles, [Parker's] out there unapologetically having fun, creating new delivery systems for his own exotic brand of sonic euphoria."[17]

Zack of Ruskin from Variety was also positive: "The Slow Rush is arguably Parker's most fully realized and satisfying effort to date. While lyrically, the album seems a bit escapist, Parker likes to operate somewhere in the middle, dabbling in the personal but often only as a piece of a larger meditation." Ruskin later finished with, "The Slow Rush proves that Parker has earned all the time he needs."[35]

In a year-end assessment, Vincent Arrieta of the Dallas Observer pointed out the timeliness of the themes of The Slow Rush in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying "The Slow Rush expresses anxiety about the nature of the year itself; the fact that our time was robbed from us while we had more time than ever," and called The Slow Rush "The defining album of 2020." Arrieta also singled out "On Track" as a highlight, calling it "Arguably Tame Impala's masterpiece."[36]

Kitty Empire of The Guardian said, "It's safe to say The Slow Rush will only expand Tame Impala's audience."[18] In a mixed review from The A.V. Club, Max Freedman gave the album a C+ and wrote that it "isn't quite as interesting as its predecessors in terms of songwriting and production, and this gap makes Parker's lyrical weaknesses more challenging to ignore".[28]

Accolades

Accolades for The Slow Rush
PublicationAccoladeRankRef.
BillboardBillboard's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-YearN/A
ComplexComplex's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year
2
NPRThe 50 Best Albums of 2020
24
StereogumStereogum's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year
34
Under the RadarUnder the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2020
21
VarietyVariety's Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-YearN/A

Commercial performance

On the US Billboard 200, The Slow Rush debuted at number three, moving 110,000 equivalent album sales. It became Tame Impala's highest-charting album in the country to date, passing the number four peak of previous release Currents.[43] After the release of the album, all 12 tracks charted on the US Rock charts with peak numbers ranging from 2 to 17. With other record charts, the album debuted in the top 10 in many countries, reaching number one in Australia, Portugal, and Scotland.[44][45][46]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Kevin Parker.

Track listing for The Slow Rush
No.TitleLength
1."One More Year"5:22
2."Instant Destiny"3:13
3."Borderline"3:57
4."Posthumous Forgiveness"6:05
5."Breathe Deeper"6:13
6."Tomorrow’s Dust"5:25
7."On Track"5:00
8."Lost in Yesterday"4:09
9."Is It True"3:58
10."It Might Be Time"4:33
11."Glimmer"2:08
12."One More Hour"7:13
Total length:57:16
The Slow Rush – Japanese edition (bonus track)[47]
No.TitleLength
13."Patience"4:52
Total length:62:18
The Slow Rush– Upcoming Deluxe Box (B-Sides and Remixes)
No.TitleLength
Total length::

Personnel

Tame Impala

  • Kevin Parker – songwriting, performance, production, mixing, art concept

Technical

  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Steve Fallone – mastering
  • Glen Goatze – co-executive production

Artwork

  • Neil Krug – photography, design, art concept

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[74]Gold35,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[75]Silver60,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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Artist(s)

Veröffentlichungen von Tame Impala die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

The Slow Rush ¦ Lonerism ¦ Innerspeaker ¦ Live Versions

Tame Impala auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Tame Impala
Tame Impala bei einem Auftritt auf dem Lollapalooza (2015)
Tame Impala bei einem Auftritt auf dem Lollapalooza (2015)
Allgemeine Informationen
Genre(s)Psychedelic Rock
Gründung2007
Websitewww.tameimpala.com
Aktuelle Besetzung
Kevin Parker
Gitarre
Dominic Simper
Jay Watson
Julien Barbagallo
Cameron Avery

Tame Impala ist ein australisches Psychedelic-Rock-Projekt unter der Leitung von Kevin Parker. Parker schreibt und singt die Songs und spielt im Studio auch alle Instrumente selbst; bei Konzerten begleiten ihn Mitglieder der Band Pond.[1]

Geschichte

Die Anfänge von Tame Impala liegen in der Schulzeit von Kevin Parker und Dom Simper, die als 13-Jährige erstmals gemeinsam Musik machten. Kevin Parker war Teil eines Freundeskreises, dessen Mitglieder in wechselnden Besetzungen Bands wie die The Dee Dee Dums, GUM, Mink Mussel Creek, Pond, Space Lime Peacock, Rabbit Island und Tame Impala hervorbrachten. Jeder spielte bei jeder Band mehr oder weniger mit.[2] Nach Erfolgen der Dee Dee Dums als Studentenband änderte sich 2007 der Name in Tame Impala, benannt nach der afrikanischen Antilopenart. Drittes Bandmitglied der Anfangszeit wurde der Schlagzeuger Jay Watson. Wie viele Bands zu der Zeit stellten sie selbstgemachte Aufnahmen bei MySpace ein und wurden dort vom Indie-Label Modular entdeckt, das sie unter Vertrag nahm. 2008 erschien unter dem Bandnamen eine erste EP, die ihnen erste Aufmerksamkeit einbrachte. Dazu wurden sie auch von internationalen Musikmanagern entdeckt und als Vorgruppe für die Australientour von Künstlern wie MGMT und den Black Keys engagiert.

Im Mai 2010 veröffentlichte Tame Impala das Debütalbum Innerspeaker. Damit schafften sie es auf Anhieb auf Platz 4 der australischen Albumcharts. Den Erfolg konnten sie auch auf Europa und die USA ausweiten: In Belgien und den Niederlanden kamen sie ebenfalls in die Albumcharts,[3] in den USA in die Heatseekers-Charts. Bei den ARIA Awards 2010 wurden sie viermal nominiert.[4]

Im Jahr 2012 stellte Tame Impala das zweite Album Lonerism fertig. Wie schon die EP und das Debütalbum war es im Wesentlichen von Parker im Alleingang produziert worden. Danach folgte eine ausgedehnte Tournee durch Europa und die USA. Inzwischen waren für die Auftritte noch Nick Allbrook und später Julien Barbagallo aufgenommen worden, so dass die Band live zu fünft auftritt. Im Oktober des Jahres erschien die LP und erreichte erneut Platz 4 der Charts in ihrer Heimat sowie Platz 14 in Großbritannien. Bei den ARIA Awards wurden sie 2013 erneut mehrfach nominiert und konnten drei Auszeichnungen gewinnen: als beste Band und für Lonerism als Album des Jahres und als bestes Rockalbum.[5]

Im Jahr 2015 veröffentlichte das Psych-Pop-Projekt Tame Impala das dritte Album Currents. Das Gesamtkunstwerk aus Disco-Tracks und Synth-Balladen wurde von Kritikern als Meisterwerk gefeiert und war auch ein großer kommerzieller Erfolg.[6]

Außerdem ist Kevin Parker auch als Produzent tätig. So produzierte er das Debütalbum seiner damaligen Freundin Melody Prochet, zu dem er auch Gitarrensounds beisteuerte.[7] Inzwischen arbeitet Parker als Kollaborateur Megastars wie Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott und Mick Jagger zu; von Rihanna wurde er schon gecovert.

Am 14. Februar 2020 erschien Parkers viertes Album The Slow Rush.[8] Klangästhetisch schließt es an das Vorgängeralbum an, flirrende Keyboards und der typische Falsettgesang über die Drums sowie psychedelische Verfremdungseffekte sind zu hören. In den Texten reflektiert Parker über seinen neuen Star-Status, er singt über Bedauern und Reue, bringt dabei melancholische Wendungen ein. Der Rockmusiker Parker spielt auch auf dem aktuellen Album auf analogen Instrumenten alles selbst ein, vor allem mit echten Drumkits, und verleiht so dem Sound Körperlichkeit, Nachhall im Raum und Vehemenz.

Diskografie

Studioalben

JahrTitel
Musiklabel
Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
AU AUDE DEAT ATCH CHUK UKUS US
2010Innerspeaker
Modular
AU4
Platin
Platin

(10 Wo.)AU
DE47
(1 Wo.)DE
UK
Silber
Silber
UK
Erstveröffentlichung: 21. Mai 2010
in DE erst 2021 in den Charts
Verkäufe: + 130.000
2012Lonerism
Modular
AU4
Platin
Platin

(25 Wo.)AU
CH60
(1 Wo.)CH
UK14
Gold
Gold

(6 Wo.)UK
US34
(15 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. Oktober 2012
Verkäufe: + 210.000
2015Currents
Modular, Interscope
AU1
Platin
Platin

(41 Wo.)AU
DE25
(2 Wo.)DE
AT30
(1 Wo.)AT
CH11
(7 Wo.)CH
UK3
Gold
Gold

(29 Wo.)UK
US4
Platin
Platin

(39 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 17. Juli 2015
Verkäufe: + 1.350.000
2020The Slow Rush
Modular
AU1
Gold
Gold

(23 Wo.)AU
DE7
(4 Wo.)DE
AT9
(3 Wo.)AT
CH3
(4 Wo.)CH
UK3
Silber
Silber

(5 Wo.)UK
US3
(6 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 14. Februar 2020
Verkäufe: + 95.000

Auszeichnungen

  • WAMI Awards
    • 2009: „Favourite Newcomer“, „Most Promising New Act“, „Most Popular Single/EP“ (Tame Impala)
    • 2011: „Most Popular Act“, „Most Popular Live Act“, „Best Rock Act“
    • 2013: „Group of the Year“, „Single of the Year“ (Feels Like We Only Go Backwards), „Album of the Year“ (Lonerism), „Music Video of the Year“ (Elephant)
    • 2015: „Most Popular Act“, „Most Popular Live Act“, „Best Album“ (Currents), „Most Popular Music Video“ (Let It Happen)
  • ARIA Awards
    • 2013: „Best Group“, „Album of the Year“ (Lonerism), „Best Rock Album“ (Lonerism)
    • 2015: „Best Group“, „Album of the Year“ (Currents), „Best Rock Album“ (Currents), „Engineer of the Year“ (Currents), „Producer of the Year“ (Currents)
  • J Awards
    • 2010: „Australian Album of the Year“ (Innerspeaker)
    • 2012: „Australian Album of the Year“ (Lonerism)
  • Rolling Stone Awards
    • 2011: „Album of the Year“ (Innerspeaker)
    • 2012: „Album of the Year“ (Lonerism)
  • APRA Awards
    • 2013: „APRA Song of the Year“ (Feels Like We Only Go Backwards)
  • EG Music Awards
    • 2012: „Best Song“ (Elephant)

Quellen

  1. Gracie Taylor Gracie Taylor is an entertainment reporter for The New Zealand Herald gracie.taylor@nzherald.co.nz @graciewtaylor: Kevin Parker: 'Tame Impala is not a band'. In: NZ Herald. 30. November 2016, ISSN 1170-0777 (nzherald.co.nz [abgerufen am 6. Februar 2020]).
  2. Andrew Drever: Pure and simple, in: The Age vom 28. September 2012
  3. Chartquellen: Australien Deutschland Schweiz UK USA
  4. 2010 ARIA Nominations Announced - Full List Here! (Memento vom 6. Oktober 2014 im Internet Archive), Take 40, 28. September 2010
  5. Gewinner der ARIA Awards 2013
  6. Süddeutsche Zeitung: Am Telefon mit Mick Jagger. Abgerufen am 13. April 2020.
  7. Cian Traynor: Interview: Melody’s Echo Chamber (Memento vom 14. Februar 2015 im Internet Archive), in: The Stool Pigeon, 11. Juli 2012
  8. Tame Impala kündigen neues Album „The slow Rush“ an. In: kulturnews.de. 28. Oktober 2019, abgerufen am 6. Februar 2020 (deutsch).

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