Diving into Tame Impala’s soul-melting album, ‘The Slow Rush’


Thanks to the demand of fans for a transcendent live performance, Tame Impala (Kevin Parker) has headlined festivals around the world, playing songs from his three albums – ‘Innerspeaker’, ‘Lonerism’ and ‘Currents’. 

Already a contender for Album of the Year, Tame Impala’s fourth studio album has arrived and it has completely melted my soul. The album title an oxymoron itself, ‘The Slow Rush’ dives into themes revolving the construct of time. Every line on ‘The Slow Rush’, delivered by Parker’s silky smooth voice, arrives with a sense of urgency created by the record’s groovy and hypnotic production. 

Speaking to New York Times, Parker explained the album exists as “a deep dive into the oceans of time, conjuring the feeling of a lifetime in a lightning bolt, of major milestones whizzing by while you’re looking at your phone, it’s a paean to creation and destruction and the unending cycle of life.” 

Allusions to the construct of time can be seen throughout the record, with the band’s architect Kevin Parker, singing on major life events including his marriage, but also more somber topics including the passing of his father and wanting to have more time to do more valuable things with his life.

Do we truly never learn the value of time until we lose someone we love?

On ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’ Kevin speaks on his deceased father, with whom he had an estranged relationship due to his parents’ early divorce. The first half of the track features a funk heavy bass line, while the second half features a wall of synths.

The first part of the song speaks about Kevin’s dislike for his father’s actions when he was still alive. He struggles to come to terms with the distance they shared from one another as he sings, 

“But you decided to take all your sorrys to the grave.”

The second part of the song welcomes a change of beat, and with it a change of heart. Kevin is reminiscing about the times he did have with his father, and yearns to spend the time he missed with him,

“Wanna tell you ‘bout my life, wanna play you all my songs.”

‘On Track’ is one of the more optimistic songs on the record, featuring themes of perseverance and pushing on through time to get to your goals. Even if you feel you aren’t moving ahead, so long as you’re on your own path, and not on the path of someone else, then strictly speaking you’re still on track. 

‘Is It True’ is one of the few songs on ‘The Slow Rush’ alluding to romantic love. On Spotify, Kevin says that “The song is from the perspective of someone who shuts out love because they’re afraid of the future”.