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“Fortunately, it was worth the wait: ‘The Slow Rush’ is arguably Parker’s most fully realized and satisfying effort to date. ‘The Slow Rush’ proves that Parker has earned all the time he needs.” -Variety

“Therein lies the crux of Tame Impala’s genius and the beauty of The Slow Rush, his most contemplative work: Parker filters the bleakest parts of himself through a thick and vibrant lens. Even as he expels his private demons, he’s encouraging us to dance to his pain.” -The Nation

“The Slow Rush is stunningly pure and heartfelt pop.” -The Guardian

Kevin can do anything,” …He can play anything, and play it incredibly well. He has killer melodic instincts. And he has an impossibly cool aesthetic when it comes to sonics, without ever trying to be cool. It can be intimidating to collaborate with someone like that, but also his take on things is so unique, I never want to distill that.” Mark Ronson // Billboard’s Tame Impala COVER feature

“Tame Impala’s ‘The Slow Rush’ is worth the wait. Kevin Parker’s first album in five years had a prolonged rollout, but he delivers on the Coachella-sized expectations.” -Vice

“The melodies dwell in a sweet, idyllic late-afternoon mood that can veil the internal turbulence, doubt and emotional complexity lurking in the words. He’s become a singer who can deepen a message through tone and inflection, conveying in a few syllables what some people spend pages trying to pin down.While everybody else in the catchy-song business seems to be running in circles, he’s out there unapologetically having fun, creating new delivery systems for his own exotic brand of sonic euphoria.” -NPR

‘’The Slow Rush,’ an impressive integration of cosmic expansiveness and taut melody, is worth the wait. Even at their dreamiest, Tame Impala tracks have a pulse that invites bodies to move. That tension—between loose, mind-expanding psychedelia and the tight focus of dance-oriented pop—is what powers Mr. Parker’s music. [His} production virtuosity is clear from the outset…adding layer upon layer of gorgeous sound design. It reveals a brighter Tame Impala, one with a few extra beams of disco-ball twinkle.”
-Wall Street Journal

“Tame Impala albums are worlds to get lost in… gazing awestruck, mouth agape, intently focused on the complex beauty unfolding before you. The Slow Rush continues that zoning out/zeroing in dynamic, but…sends it spiraling across time and space. Many of the songs slap in their own right, but they function best as complementary scenes in the journey, reinforcing the sensation of displacement within the timeline.”

“He has risen to the occasion with an album full of the necessary girth and scope, which doesn’t succumb to the forces of inertia. **** -Uncut

“Clearly, all the tinkering paid off. The Slow Rush is an extraordinarily detailed opus whose influences reach into specific corners of the past six decades, from Philly soul and early prog to acid house, adult-contemporary R&B, and Late Registration…The effect is something like multiple YouTube videos accidentally playing at once, a restless mind making gorgeous chaos—the work of a true perfectionist. Even without the adrenaline-filled highs, the compositions are as rich and thoughtful as ever..” -Pitchfork

“Parker is a master of studio songcraft; each track flows seamlessly from one to the next in one cohesive journey, capturing uplifting, laidback summer vibes throughout.****” -The Independent

“As far as follow-ups to an earth-shattering run of albums go, this is much more than just a solid return. It is, overall, an exhilarating listen. This band aren’t rock music’s saviours; they’re so much more than that. ****”

“A cornucopia of sounds and styles from across dance music’s past and present. One of the chief pleasures to be had from The Slow Rush is the sheer depth of sonic treats packed into each song. Tame Impala might be operating in a field of one, but even then, Kevin Parker is still streaks ahead.” Q – 4 stars **** (Album of the Month)

“‘The Slow Rush’ digs deeper into the new version of Tame Impala that Parker located on Currents. It is a better album, more purposeful and with improved lyrics. Despite fame and a broader musical canvas, he remains as inward in perspective as ever. ****” -The Financial Times

“Tame Impala, is as much a self-reflective open letter to the world as it is a beautifully obfuscating, transmuting, rippling piece of music. On the 12-track album, Parker reminisces, offers notes on where he’s come from, where he’s been, and what the future might hold for his psyche, all amidst Tame Impala’s signature dreamy, 1960s-retro-through-a-million-pedals sound.” -Popmatters

“Kevin Parker is a prog-rock wiz with a heart of pop gold, spooling out resplendent psychedelic symphonies in Tame Impala… floating above his thick disco, funk, and trip-hop beats…everything seems obsessively considered, as if he spends more time perfecting the hi-hat clicks than most artists take making their whole record. If someone told you an army of musicians had contributed to The Slow Rush, you wouldn’t be surprised.” -Rolling Stone

“In the end, the wait is definitely worth it. ‘The Slow Rush’ is the sound of a band broadening out, trying new things, it’s another aspect of Parker’s innate sense of balance. ‘The Slow Rush’ is testament to the patient productivity and unrelenting creativity of Kevin Parker.” -Clash

“Listening to the long-awaited The Slow Rush, one gets the sense that Parker won’t have to resort to outside forces in order to draw out [the] feeling of jolting, kinetic pleasure any longer: after years of gesturing toward the trappings of dance music, rock’s most compelling auteur has turned in an album seemingly designed to dilate pupils and increase heart rates.” -The Fader

“A triumph… Tripped out and joyfully intoxicating, Tame Impala one-man marvel Kevin Parker excels himself here.” Daily Mirror – 5 stars *****

“Blissful, life-affirming, intoxicating soundscapes… A mesmerising opus.” The Sun – 4.5/5


Tame Impala (Kevin Parker) has released his fourth studio album, The Slow Rush today, February 14 (Interscope). Stream/purchase the album here.

The Slow Rush is Parker’s deep dive into the oceans of time, conjuring the feeling of a lifetime in a lightning bolt, of major milestones whizzing by while you’re looking at your phone, it’s a paean to creation and destruction and the unending cycle of life. Parker told the New York Times, “A lot of the songs carry this idea of time passing, of seeing your life flash before your eyes, being able to see clearly your life from this point onwards. I’m being swept by this notion of time passing. There’s something really intoxicating about it.” The album cover was created in collaboration with photographer Neil Krug and features a symbol of humanity all but swallowed whole by the surrounding environment, as though in the blink of an eye. The Slow Rush was recorded between Los Angeles and Parker’s studio in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia. The twelve tracks were recorded, produced and mixed by Parker.

On March 9 Tame Impala kicks off the first tour in support of The Slow Rush with a show at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena, the tour concludes August 7 at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. The dates include two nights at The Forum in Los Angeles on March 10 (sold-out) and 11. Clario and MGMT will support dates in California and Mexico, and Perfume Genius will support the full North American tour beginning in May. Tickets are on sale now. They have also added headlining dates in their home of Australia throughout April with $300,000 (aus) of the tour’s proceeds going to Australian Bushfire Relief. Tame Impala will headline US festivals this summer including Governors Ball on June 5 and Bonnarooon June 14.

In 2019 Tame Impala headlined multiple major festivals including Coachella, Primavera, Lollapalooza, ACL and more. He debuted two new songs on Saturday Night Live and sold out arenas around the world including two nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Watch Tame Impala perform “Patience” on SNL here.

Watch Tame Impala debut “Borderline” on SNL here.


Tame Impala’s last album, Currents (Interscope) was released in 2015 earning him a second GRAMMY nomination and word-wide critical acclaim. It has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. and 2.3 million world-wide.

Kevin Parker first toured the U.S. in 2010, playing small clubs for crowds of 200. A handful of trips to the U.S. later and thanks to the ravenous demand of fans for a transcendent live performance, Tame Impala has gone on to headline festivals and theaters around the world and released three full length albums – Innerspeaker, Lonerism and Currents. As a writer and producer Parker has collaborated with Travis Scott, SZA, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Kanye West, Kali Uchis, Theophilus London, Miguel, A$AP Rocky and more.


03/09/20 – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena San Diego* SOLD OUT
03/10/20 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum* SOLD OUT
03/11/20 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum* – Tickets
03/13/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center* SOLD OUT
03/19/20 – Mexico City, MEX @ Foro Sol $ – Tickets
03/21/20 – Monterrey, MEX @ Pal Norte $ – Tickets
04/16/20 – Aucckland, NZ @ Spark Arena^ – Tickets

04/18/20 – Brisbane, AUS @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre^ – Tickets

04/20/20 – Sydney, AUS @ Qudos Bank Arena^ – Tickets

04/23/20 – Melbourne, AUS @ Rod Laver Arena^ – Tickets

04/24/20 – Melbourne, AUS @ Rod Laver Arena^ – Tickets

04/25/20 – Adelaide, AUS @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre^ – Tickets

04/28/20 – Perth, AUS @ RAC Arena^ – Tickets

05/23/20 – London, UK @ All Points East – Victoria Park – Tickets

05/29/20 – Chicago, IL @ United Center# – Tickets

05/30/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum# – Tickets

05/31/20 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena# – Tickets

06/02/20 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena# – Tickets

06/03/20 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre# – Tickets

06/05/20 – Randall’s Island, NY @ Governors Ball – Tickets

06/06/20 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena# – Tickets

06/08/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center# – Tickets

06/09/20 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena# – Tickets

06/11/20 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena# – Tickets

06/12/20 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center# – Tickets

06/14/20 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo – Tickets

07/17/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center# – Tickets

07/19/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center# – Tickets

07/20/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center# – Tickets

07/21/20 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center# – Tickets – Tickets

07/23/20 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center# – Tickets

07/24/20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center# – Tickets

07/25/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center# – Tickets

07/28/20 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena# – Tickets

07/30/20 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center# – Tickets

08/01/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena# – Tickets

08/03/20 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center# – Tickets

08/05/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena# – Tickets

08/07/20 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre# – Tickets

* w/ Clairo

$ w/ MGMT

# w/ Perfume Genius

^ w/ Khruangbin

Photo Credit: Neil Krug


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