16. Currents- Tame Impala (2015)

Coming off of 2012’s Lonerism and the alternative radio hit single “Elephant”, the sky seemed to be the limit for Tame Impala, a band many picked to be destined for mainstream success on their next record. I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how far they’d push their sound on 2015’s Currents. Kevin Park is a musical genius, this is a pretty well-known fact at this point and is full on display on Currents. The vocals come through cleaner than on most of the other songs in Tame Impala’s discography, and the music itself feels like its just a way bigger and more indulgent version of what Parker had been wanting to do on the first two Tame Impala records. It’s different for sure, but it’s not as if he all of a sudden went and made a folk record. The nearly eight minute long epic “Let it Happen” opens the album and it doesn’t let up from there. For the next 50 minutes Parker takes you on a gripping musical journey that just four short years later has already influenced a number of other hugely successful alternative artists.

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