Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Album Review and rap beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.

Album Review and rap beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.

By Francis Cook

Tame Impala’s new album Currents has one of the hallmarks of an enduring album. At first listen it seems like good, if somewhat ordinary, pop but as you go back more and more layers unravel revealing deeply rich, expertly crafted songs.

The first track, “Let it Happen” is a perfect testament to this. After a catchy first four minutes you’re lured into complacency - the track then descends into a repetitive loop marked by string section. When song swings back, everything becomes pronounced – the drums especially, slightly off-kilter rhythms being the norm for the band. Kevin Parker’s voice returns for barely discernible bridge while the track comes together into a Daft Punk-esque banger. Start the track from the beginning, you realise the whole thing is absolutely brilliant.

After a brief respite we are lead back into another catchy standout, “The Moment”, which begs to be sung along to. The craftsmanship is incredible. Kevin Parker is balls to the wall with the sound employed. Despite the conspicuous absence of guitar on many of the tracks, Currents has a strong “Tame Impala” sound to it. It may be a departure from earlier albums Lonerism and Innerspeaker in its poppier sensibility, but nonetheless remains instantly recognizable.

To be so consistently good while evolving is a rare talent. Currents puts Tame Impala in the league of Radiohead, The National and Daft Punk who share this ability. Parker is evidently singing break-up songs here. On "Eventually" he sings “I know that I’ll be happier/and I know you will too/eventually,” Tackling intimate issues while such grace and skill is an astonishing feat.

Personally, the stakes were high for me with Currents. Tame Impala became my favourite band shortly after Innerspeaker and I sincerely hoped I would like this album. I love it.

No gigs to cover this week which is actually a relief. Though I would like to go to Jon Spencer tonight. Future dropped his new album DS2 which I’m still unsure about.

Young Thug and Birdman have been in the news recently for allegedly ordering a hit on Lil Wayne. I thought the whole beef was made up to be honest. I figured Lil Wayne, on his way out of rapping, was propping up Young Thug through creating a beef, thereby creating controversy. I’m pretty disappointed with the whole thing. Young Thug and Birdman are an amazing duo. Barter 6 is one of my favourite albums this year. But I loved Lil Wayne since I was 13.

This track by The Weeknd is still gaining mileage, with the music video released yesterday.

YG release a new track which reminds me of the early 2000s

And this is from Future’s new album though it’s been out for a while now. I dedicate this one to Lyndon who constantly corrects my fucked up commas.


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Binoy Kampmark: Vague Alternatives And G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

Summits often feature grand statements and needless fripperies. In Cornwall, the leaders of the G7 countries were trying to position and promote their relevance as the vanguard of democratic good sense and values... More>>

Suicidal Games: Tokyo’s Coronavirus Olympics

A pandemic crisis. A state of emergency. Overwhelming public opinion bristling with alarm. Notwithstanding these factors, Tokyo is still on track to host the Olympics that was cancelled last year in response to the global pandemic. The first sports team – Australia’s softball crew – has touched down. Is all this folly, bravery or self-interest?.. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Burned By The Diana Cult: The Fall Of Martin Bashir

The interview was infamous, made his name and was bound to enrage. It also received a viewing audience of 23 million people who heard a saucy tale of adultery, plots in the palace, and stories of physical and mental illness. But the tarring and feathering of Martin Bashir for his 1995 Panorama programme featuring Princess Diana was always more than the scruples of a journalist and his interviewing methods... More>>

How It All Went Wrong: The Global Response To COVID-19

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise. Organised by the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last May, the panel’s gloomy assessment was grim: the COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided... More>>

The Conversation: Is Natural Gas Really Cheaper Than Renewable Electricity?

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change... More>>

Keith Rankin: The New Zealand Government’s 'Public Finance Rabbithole'

Last week, out of left field, the government placed a three-year embargo on normal public sector wage bargaining, essentially a salary freeze. While there has been a certain amount of backtracking since, it is clear that the government has been ... More>>