Watch Tame Impala Rework Three Slow Rush Songs In Live-From-Home Tiny Desk Concert
A month before the pandemic hit, Tame Impala released the long-awaited new album The Slow Rush. If all had gone according to plan, Kevin Parker and his co-conspirators would’ve just finished up a massive North American arena tour, with Perfume Genius on board as the opening act. But that didn’t happen, so we’ve been getting some truly different versions of the Tame Impala live experience.
In May, for instance, Tame Impala were the musical guests on Colbert, and we got the strange sight of three different Kevin Parkers playing “Is It True” together. And now Tame Impala have also taken part in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts video series, using the show’s live-from-home format to try some different things with their recent tracks.
Between songs, Parker says that this version of the band is more like “Tame Impala Soundsystem.” In the video, we see Parker, alongside longtime Tame Impala contributors Jay Watson (also of Pond and GUM) and Dom Simper using a whole home-studio setup to re-create some of the songs from The Slow Rush. Using Parker’s vast bank of equipment, they add beats and effects to the Slow Rush tracks “Breathe Deeper,” “Is It True,” and “Patience.” In their new versions, all three songs take on shades of early-’90s house music, as well as the early-’90s pop that carried that influence. This is the most that Tame Impala have ever sounded like Jesus Jones or EMF, and that’s not a bad thing. Watch the performance below.
The Slow Rush is out now on Modular. Read our We’ve Got A File On You interview with Kevin Parker here.