I’ve been following this guy for a couple of years now. It’s good stuff. And the songs are quite mercurial.
Following its release – when he finally let go – time and touring helped heal those wounds. The ensuing tour in support of ‘Currents’ took Parker to festival headline slots and arenas across the globe. A 45-show run last summer continued to dine out on that album’s appeal, and the dazzling live show continues to be revolutionised by the cosmic, electronic aspects of that album. Last year NME fondly dubbed Parker the master of “the slow rave”, a down and dirty club night played at half speed.
“When we first started touring I was embarrassed to play [the songs],” he admits. “It took me a while to enjoy playing them. But the longer the time since the song has been out, the more I feel like the song belongs to my fans, it doesn’t belong to me. ‘The Less I Know The Better’ – I don’t feel like it’s my song. It belongs to the people who like it, so when I play it I feel like I’m playing it for them.”
Embracing those fearful emotions and messing with the expectations people have of you worked wonders. The lessons he learned from it may come across simplistic, but if ‘Currents’ is anything to go by, it’s about living in the moment, no matter the consequences. “I learnt to just give it a shot. Don’t think about what could be wrong with it. Don’t think about what could be wrong with it; think what could be right.”
Read the whole thing at Source: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on the five-year anniversary of his disco-pop opus ‘Currents’