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Kevin Parker Discusses “Creative Strain” of New Tame Impala Album

Ahead of the release of ‘The Slow Rush’, Kevin Parker has discussed how he often found himself wanting to walk away from the new Tame Impala record.

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Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has opened up about the difficulties he faced during the recording of his new record, labelling it a “creative strain”.

Friday, February 14 will see Tame Impala release The Slow Rush, their first album since Currents in 2015, and one of the year’s most-anticipated records. Since the release of their last studio effort, Tame Impala has undoubtedly become something of a global phenomenon, with frontman Kevin Parker becoming an in-demand producer, and even headlining the 2019 edition of Coachella.

However, with the amount of pressure involved in delivering a suitable follow-up to the most popular record of his career, Parker recent explained in an interview with Mojo (via NME) that there were times that he wanted to throw up his hands and walk away from the project.

“The times when I wanted to get off the wave were really just when there was a creative strain,” Parker revealed. “Finishing an album is by far the hardest thing I have to go through because everything else is just work, you know?

“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!’”

As he continued, Parker explained that while he knew what he wanted The Slow Rush to sound like, the end result was far different to what he had intended.

“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 explained. “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.”

Tame Impala are set to release The Slow Rush on Friday, February 14, and will return home to Australia for a headline tour in April.

Tame Impala 2020 Tour Dates

With Special Guests Khruangbin

Saturday, April 18th
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)

Monday, April 20th
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)

Thursday, April 23rd
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)

Saturday, April 25th
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide, SA (All Ages)

Tuesday, April 28th
RAC Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)

Tickets on sale now through Ticketek