Tame Impala have offered up a new version of their latest full-length record, sharing the “An Imaginary Place” version of February’s critically-acclaimed The Slow Rush.
With music fans the world over in self-isolation right now, many musicians have found themselves in a strange position in which their music has the ability to be heard by even more people. While plenty have taken the chance to record livestreaming performances or unearth rarities and demos, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has gone in a whole new direction.
Taking to Instagram yesterday, Parker provided fans with an alternative mix of the outfit’s latest album. “I made something for all you isolators out there,” he began. “I call it The Slow Rush In An Imaginary Place. Headphones required for full immersive effect. See you in there.”
As immersive as Parker suggests, the hour-long mix provides listeners with Tame Impala’s latest album albeit altered to sound as though it’s being played from another room during a party. The result is a somewhat strange nostalgic effect that provides both an emotional feeling, and the ever-dreaded FOMO that comes from the idea of not being at the aforementioned party.
If this all sounds a bit familiar, then you might just recall how remixes of this nature became something of a trend a few years back on social media, with users editing their favourite songs to sound as though the listener is hearing the track from another room.
Undoubtedly one of the strangest remix trends in recent memory, it not only works, but shows the songs in a whole new light. If you were already a fan of The Slow Rush then the An Imaginary Place version is the next logical step during this period of self-isolation.