Tame Impala‘s new album, The Slow Rush, has debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts. The highly anticipated album was released last week to popular and critical acclaim, and now has the chart placement to back it all up.
It’s not the first time that Kevin Parker’s much-loved rock project has scored a number one album locally. Currents also hit the top spot back in 2015. Tame Impala are now just the second Australian act to score an ARIA number one album in 2020, after Dune Rats spent a week at the top earlier in February with their new record, Hurry Up And Wait.
A big year coming up
The release of The Slow Rush kicks off what looks set to be a big year for Kevin Parker and his mob of psych-pop aficionados. The band will spend much of the year touring, with a string of dates scheduled for the US. In between trips to The States, Tame Impala will play a handful of local dates in April. Supported by American trio, Khruangbin, they’ll perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland. While rumours were rife that the band may also make an appearance at Splendour In The Grass, those speculations have been quashed by this week’s lineup announcement.
Though Tame Impala have enjoyed a break from recording between Currents and The Slow Rush, Kevin Barker has been busy. The Sydney-born Renaissance Man contributed to albums released by several international artists. These included Lady Gaga’s Joanne in 2016, Kanye West’s ye in 2018 and Travis Scott’s Astroworld in 2018. Parker also co-produced two albums for Pond, 2017’s The Weather and 2019’s Tasmania.
Speaking to Zane Lowe from Apple Music, Parker revealed that his work with Travis Scott influenced The Slow Rush.
“He doesn’t waste time kind of doubting himself or doubting things,” Parker said, “which is extremely valuable because you need that burst of conviction.”