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Albums to Adore: Currents

Posted over 3 years ago by April S

Posted in Movies and Music | Tagged with alternative rock, music review, psychedelic rock and synthpop

Guest blog post by Benji Katz.

Title: Currents
Artist: Tame Impala
Genre: Psychedelic RockSynthpop
Audience: Parental Advisory – Explicit Content
Formats Available: Music CD and eMedia
Release: 2015
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

In their 3rd studio album the Australian rock group, Tame Impala has taken the leap forward from guitar driven indie band to chart topping synth-laced sensation. While some people may recognize the band from their hard driving hit, “Elephant” their latest album bears little resemblance to the modest rock n’ roll splash. Currents is a commercial music masterpiece with pop songs cloaked in layers of psychedelic synthesizers and memorable bass lines. The band’s vocalist and primary creative force, Kevin Parker, has a John Lennon-esque ethereal quality to his voice as well as a similar knack for crafting ear catching melodies. Singles on the album like, “Eventually” and “Let it Happen” showcase the evolution of the band as radio hits with the same melancholy undercurrents displayed more overtly in previous releases. With an ever-evolving approach that embraces the change in musical trends, Tame Impala has created a timeless album for fans to sing-along and dance to.

Featured image credit: Tame_Impala-3760 by Abby Gillardi via flickr. This image is covered by a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

About Benji Katz:

Benji is a senior at Bowling Green State University, pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He enjoys reading poetry, studying history as well as listening to and playing music in genres ranging from Jazz to Rap to Rock n’ Roll.

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