Since 2010, there hasn’t been a bigger psychedelic pop band than the Kevin Parker led Tame Impala. Hailing in from Australia, Tame Impala has dominated a genre first paved by The Beatles, further cultivated by Pink Floyd and The Flaming Lips, and nuanced by contemporaries such as MGMT and Animal Collective. And with their last album, 2015’s Currents, Tame Impala became unstoppable.
But where have they been since? Despite several festival performances—some being DJ stand-offs with famed producer Mark Ronson—Tame Impala has been largely removed from the limelight and touring circuit since the year-long promotion of Currents. Following this bout of heavy touring, Tame Impala said they were on an indefinite hiatus, concerning fans that they had no future plans to record. But Parker has since clarified that this hiatus would be from performing, and not from making music. So, will Tame Impala be releasing a new album in 2019?
Fans and critics alike have been waiting patiently for Tame Impala to pop back up in their news feeds. Just last week, when the music festival lineups started rolling out, it immediately became clear that not only will Tame Impala be performing this Summer, they are officially on the circuit, scheduled to deliver headlining sets to three music festivals, including the premier, Indio Cali fest Coachella.
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For those of you who may have missed it, Kevin Parker spent a lot of 2018 actively behind the scenes, helping both A-List and up-and-coming artists on their projects. Parker co-wrote and produced a song for Travis Scott. He’s credited on “Violent Crimes” from the 7-track Ye. He collaborated with ZHU (“My Life”) and rising Columbiana singer Kali Uchis (“Tomorrow”).
Lest we forget, Kevin Parker’s industry connectedness is deep. In August, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner put out an ask to collaborate, which quickly went viral (“let’s float, Kev”). To which Parker responded, in an interview with Billboard, “anything is possible”. A fitting gesture of nonchalance from the man who has offhandedly mentioned a studio session with Kendrick Lamar. The man who is currently sitting on an unreleased collaboration with SZA and Mark Ronson.
But in the aforementioned Billboard interview, Parker disclosed that the SZA/Ronson collaboration wasn’t finished, and sadly, he doesn’t expect it to ever materialize. He expressed both love and strife with his production credits, and though Parker has enjoyed his reign as a producer—and being able to work with industry icons such as Kanye West—it appears that he is finally ready to shift back to the life of Tame Impala’s frontman.
When asked if there were plans for new Tame Impala music in the works, Parker replied, “I can’t say too much. But it’s my main focus right now. All I can say is it’s gone back to being my main focus.” So Will Tame Impala Release a New Album in 2019? We think it’s likely.
Plus, we expect to hear new music at any of his headlining music festival sets (Boston Calling, Coachella, Shaky Knees), if not before then. Stay tuned, as we think this will be a huge year for Kevin Parker, Tame Impala, psychedelic rock, heavenly collaborations, and music festival sets to be remembered.