Following up an album like Currents, the album that propelled Tame Impala and Kevin Parker into indie super-stardom was never going to be easy, but Australia’s Finest™️ pulled through in a big way on ‘The Slow Rush’.
There are strong themes of hindsight and looking back on old memories throughout ‘The Slow Rush’, with the track kicking off the album setting those themes right from the get-go; the very first words you hear on dancey opener ‘One More Year’ are ‘Do you remember we were standing here a year ago?’ ‘Instant Destiny’ kicks in with Kevin’s trademark wavy, falsetto vocals singing a really catchy refrain about going and getting married and getting a tattoo on his arm, directly referencing him getting married during the writing and production of this album.
At first listen this might come across as standard Tame Impala sounding stuff, but the production and mixing on ‘The Slow Rush’ is much poppier and more dance music inspired than ever before, and mixing Kevin’s songs with that clean, crisper production style has paid off massively.
Pre-album single ‘Borderline’ sounds like it has been completely re-recorded for the album with a much clearer mix, new lyrics and extra layers of instrumentation and this level of attention to detail is present throughout.
‘Lost In Yesterday’ has the best bassline on the whole album, and the themes of regret and moving on from the past being perhaps most overtly present on this track’s lyrics. “And you’re gonna have to let it go someday, You’ve been diggin’ it up like Groundhog Day.”
‘Posthumous Forgiveness’ is a 6 minute long introspective track from Kevin that shifts completely a few times, and is the standout track on the album for me, with the beginning of it almost sounding like it could be a Bond theme before the track morphs into a calmer, groovier segment.
Closing track ‘One More Hour’ is the both slowest track on the album and the longest, coming in at just over 7 minutes in length, but it doesn’t become boring or a drag at any point; the instrumental constantly evolves; it almost feels like 3 or 4 shorter songs patchworked together.
‘The Slow Rush’ is really consistent in its themes without being too in your face about them and without getting repetitive, and has some of the cleanest and most interesting production that Kevin has put to his songwriting to date, and by now he has more than proved himself capable of writing a great song.