For me it’s everything in a song. I'd wake up at nine in the morning and go until midnight and then go to sleep. It's a kind of stillness, a preternatural calm that seems to soothe the people around him. ‘Cause we played a medley of my song and another song, and the other song was one that John Mayer played on. I'm one of those people that's infinitely curious about things, as well. It's always the most exciting when there's risks being taken. In the time since that album dropped, with a boost from creative and commercial level-ups like 2012’s Lonerism and 2015’s Currents, Parker has gone from an obscure retro psych enthusiast to one of the gods of the modern festival-scene. As a record, it bangs. So if I were the Strokes I might go, “Hey.” But the reason it sounded like me is because it’s the art form, making a knockoff of the song and making it sound as much like the song you’re trying to knock off as you can without it being a copyright infringement. STEREOGUM: Have any other covers of your work stood out to you as particularly interesting or changed your perspective on your own song? 'Let's sit down and let's write those chords that you have to write to finish this song.' But he's definitely been reborn. I didn't watch TV. Yeah. Rather than not go outside, I went, OK, I'll go to the shops or try and do some grocery shopping. The communal uplift of 'The Less I Know The Better', or 'Lost In Yesterday', almost makes me understand why people go to those speaking-in-tongue megachurches. In a decade, the psychedelic rock torchbearer and musical flagship of Perth, Australia, polymath Kevin … How tough was it touring with only two new singles? "Months later I listened back to it and I was like, ah, kind of sounds like Seventies rock. It's usually the stuff that I do in between working on the music that I'm passionate about, like, just fucking around the studio is kind of what I do. Because there’s zero second guessing. He is, admittedly, on earth to spread a kind of salvation. That sounds really depressing but it's not. A new tour is pending. So I always wanted to make music with other people. I guess it was something that I got from growing up, too, realising that adults aren't necessarily any better than children. STEREOGUM: You have a writing credit on this song, but as with so many Kanye tracks, there are so many people credited that it’s hard to know who did what. Hence, the mellow vibe. So it is somewhat ironic when a member of security demands Parker’s … Could I ever feel those things again? So I think in Travis’ sort of grand vision of everything, he’s like, “Oh we’re doing SNL. Like I honestly thought it was hilarious. It’s been in limbo for two or three years now. So playing my music other people is kind of a process of bringing the song back down to earth. Take 'Let It Happen', the breakout single from his breakout 2015 album, Currents. It makes me dream, you know? I mean, that's kind of one of the whole things of it, being at peace with the idea of people hating it. I was working on some other different pieces too that he didn’t use. [pause] Yes. Apple Music's Zane Lowe speaks with Tame Impala frontman, Kevin Parker, about their new album, The Slow Rush. It’s this fuckin’ guilt that I carry around with me. I met him around the time he released his song “Fuckin’ Problems.” I had heard he used “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?” in his tour video, which I was pretty impressed by. I guess it was like 2018 or something? You know? Like, if I just made an album in a week. Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker explains his secret source of inspiration and how standing in front of a really really big crowd keeps you anything … The best beat makers in the world, they have exactly the same software that some kid in their bedroom does. Everything we were doing was a new experience. How did it change? The hardest thing to do in that time would be to just sit down and finish the song because I just wanted to do something else, or something would take my attention, or I was bugging out about it. They were like, “We wanted a copy of it, so we just did this, and we’re really sorry.” And they paid me whatever I would have normally got paid. Granted, in the flesh, you might wonder. I didn't go out to dinner. He likens it to Lego, the idea of "creating something from nothing." Parker's childhood was, let's say, non-linear. I mean, it's no more uncomfortable than just meeting new people. PARKER: No, I think she was in quite a hurry to finish her album. Is it tough to collaborate when you've got that urge towards solitariness? The only thing stopping you is you choosing not to have that. Which at the end of the day is the same whether you’re playing drums or programming them. He played me the song he’d been working on, “Sundress,” which had the sample, and we messed around a bit in the studio. “Because if we were going to go back to Perth we were going to have to fly — two flights, three airports, which were all potentially coronavirus areas.” Faced with the prospect of borders potentially closing, the couple figured they had to move quickly or not move at all. “The music sounds like a band, which I … But I know in my heart that the music would suffer. From : Tame Impala – Zane Lowe and Apple Music ’The Slow Rush’ Interview Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker (Episode 1) 彼らは美しい景色が見えるマンションで曲を作り終える。 I really, really hope that we are given an opportunity to finish it and release it. “I think five years ago,” says Kevin Parker, the man who to all intents and purposes is Tame Impala, “the thought of sitting in a room being dissected by journalists would have horrified me.” Because it's just them caring about you. And she said, 'You fucking said that last time'. They were very clear about it, actually. Here's the devastating plot twist: I said everything I've just told you when I finished [last album] Currents. New music is here. I mean, it's funny cos that that one, the putting the chords on loop and going to sleep, I didn't think of that as an experiment. "From the moment I think of a song, it's a series of let downs. Is it important to have that sense of chance when you're writing songs? So I love it when someone’s reinterpreted them as kind of barebones. It was more just like, 'I'm just gonna do this because it seems like a good idea'. So he wasn't going to play them. Fans got edgy. What songs are closest to how you first imagined them? For anyone that's a fan of me, to hear that they would probably think that's ludicrous, you know? PARKER: There’ve been some really nice ones. But it also led to a strange relationship with creativity. Yeah. But it won't stop me trying. That hook you sing, “I was gonna call you back” — was that something he had already that you built off of, or what? Let's start with an indisputable fact: Kevin Parker is not Jesus. Converting something that I do by myself into something that five people stand on stage and perform in front of people is fun. In December 2018, Tame Impala was announced for the Saturday headline slot at Coachella, which had just been vacated by Justin Timberlake. Going on to bands I was playing in when I was 21, even then making music with my friends was still just a time that I relished as time I got to hang out with my closest friends. STEREOGUM: What are some things you saw eye-to-eye on or connected on? But I felt like they overstepped. STEREOGUM: Did you ever talk to her or meet her or discuss the track at all? Pre-order it now here, Styling: James Sleaford | Styling assistant: Rosalind Donoghue, Grooming: Andrea Gomez Anzola using ClarinsMen. 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