2015 Albums of the Year: Tame Impala – Currents

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2015. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.

2015 was quite the year for Australia’s Tame Impala.

Currents has made its way into the higher rankings of countless “Best Of” lists (including ours). Kevin Parker was even accused of copyright infringement on “Eventually” for apparently sampling a drum beat without permission. You can read the details at [V] Music but to sum up: it’s not a sample and Parker sees the accusation as a huge compliment. You know you’ve made it when other artists accuse you of stealing.

Yet with all of this positive feedback, he admitted to Pitchfork in an interview back in July that he still finds the album to be “completely unlistenable”. How can that possibly be?

With Parker being responsible for almost every aspect of the album – from recording to mixing to the artwork – it was impossible for him to not focus on any slight imperfection he heard, even after the album was complete. So is the plight of a perfectionist.

But obviously fans disagree. The 49-minute album is more than just a collection of shimmery psych rock. Tracks like “’Cause I’m A Man” show the softer, more emotional side of Tame Impala, while “Let It Happen” and the already mentioned (and somewhat contentious) “Eventually” are perfect for the festival circuit.

There’s a little bit of everything on Currents. It’s no wonder that the only one who doesn’t seem to agree is Parker himself.

-Michelle Farres

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