When Tame Impala dropped “Patience” back in March, I thought, “Here comes the album.” After all, the band’s frontman (and only man, really) did say last year that he’d be disappointed if there wasn’t a new record out by summer 2019. Yet here we are, still waiting — with “patience,” of course. Because in true Kevin Parker style, there are delays. There are things to perfect. There is artistic genius that’s yet to come to fruition. I, for one, will forgive his tardiness every time.
Fortunately, we now have a date to look forward to: February 14, 2020 is the official release date of Tame Impala’s fourth studio LP, The Slow Rush. (If your lover is willing to dedicate some of their Valentine’s Day to enjoy the album with you, they’re a keeper.)
The first peep we heard regarding the record was a teaser video posted on the official Tame Impala website and social media, which announced its title and that it would, in fact, be arriving in 2020.
Days later — and months after the single “Borderline” was released — the band shared its newest track, “It Might Be Time,” as well as album art and details of the upcoming record.
The Slow Rush will comprise 12 tracks and, as usual, is recorded, produced, and mixed all by Parker himself. Tame’s 2019 singles “Borderline” and “It Might Be Time” will be featured on the album, but comeback single “Patience” will not be. The song’s title was almost a command, its purpose to tide us over in between projects. Together, the three tunes tell a story of indecision, particularly indecision about how to proceed. Parker confirmed that indecision in an Instagram post, which vulnerably but enthusiastically explains where Tame Impala has been “for the last 4 billion years.”
While the band has been rushing to disseminate fresh music, it’s unfolded as slowly as it’s needed to without sacrificing the perfectionist’s standard of quality. The upcoming LP’s title insinuates a theme about time and pacing, as did Tame’s highly acclaimed 2015 record, Currents. If Currents — which Parker recorded post-breakup — ruminates on the unpredictable, unstoppable flow of life and growing pains of personal transformation, then The Slow Rush will be a more calculated contrast. Tame Impala has left a spacious gap in between records this time, meaning even more time for second-guessing and fine-tuning. The first single introduced a mellow ’70s disco groove, and the next offered lively dynamics with a catchy keyboard intro and explosive percussion entrances.
Whatever The Slow Rush reveals, I suspect we won’t mind that Tame Impala took its time.
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